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Anyone experienced with SRAM Red Yaw FD installation?

Anyone experienced with SRAM Red Yaw FD installation?

I am getting increasingly frustrated with trying to dial in a SRAM Red Yaw front derailleur to replace the SRAM Force I originally had. Even a good local shop could not get things working correctly. Anyone have some expertise to share? Happy to pay for the help!
Thom

Edited by: Thom Lieb - Apr-23-13 04:24 pm

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Re: Anyone experienced with SRAM Red Yaw FD installation?

I have installed a SRAM Red yaw FD's on each of my Giant TCR Advanced SL bikes (two). It was not easy. I needed the video from SRAM to understand the installation; the printed instructions with the FD are not adequate. The FD will never work right unless you can align the big ring on the crank with the two hash marks on the top of the FD cage. Once the alignment is correct, the rest of the installation is straight forward.
My two two Giants have braze-on for the FD; they are bolted on with two 3 mm bolts. As manufactured and installed from the factory, no one can align the FD hash marks with the big ring on the crank on a Giant TCR bike. My Giant dealer confirmed this for me by relaying articles from trade magazines.
To align the FD hash marks with the big ring, I had to improvise. After trying to position the FD in the braze-on and holding in this position while bolting it, I saw the FD would always return to its' "default" position and not in alignment when I tightened the FD to the braze-on. I solved the alignment by pushing  the FD braze-on away from the frame by about 0.5 mm. I did this with a 1" piece of a plastic tie placed between the FD braze-on and the down tube of the frame.
If you have a FD braze on that is not bolted but riveted or in some way permanently attached, I know of no way to position the FD other than the "default" position.  If you have a FD that uses a strap around the down tube, you should be able to position the FD correctly. Once I figured how to align the braze-on, the second installation was quite easy (at least as easy as it can be, it will never be as easy as a standard FD installation)
The bike mechanics at Race Pace in Ellicott City, have been to SRAM's training workshops; if any bike mechanic can install the yaw FD, they can.
I will be glad to talk to you more about the installation. I love my yaw FD! It allow me to use all of my sprockets whether I am in the big or little ring--no chain rub.
Ed Cahill

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Re: Anyone experienced with SRAM Red Yaw FD installation?

Thanks, Ed. I think that might be one of my problems. With the inner bolt all the way down for the first step, the cage is still not all the way out where it should be. Unfortunately, I believe my mount is riveted in place, so I might need to reinstall the Force and try to sell the Yaw. I'll call the folks at Race Pace first, though. Again, thanks.
Thom
P.S. I agree that the printed instructions were useless!

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