How to Build a Road Bike Step 9, Aligning Your Rear Derailleur
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To see Step 1, Installing your Bottom Bracket, click here.
To see Step 2, Installing your Crankset and Pedals, click here.
To see Step 3, Installing your Fork, Stem, and Handlebar, click here.
To see Step 4, Hanging your Derailleurs, click here.
To see Step 5, Installing your Saddle, click here.
To see Step 6, Installing your Shifters, click here.
To see Step 7, Installing your Cassette and Wheels, click here.
To see Step 8, Mounting your Brakes, click here.
Step 9 – Aligning Your Rear Derailleur
What You Need
- Screw Driver (SD-SET)
Before You Get Started
- Be sure that your rear derailleur hanger is straight before tuning your rear derailleur. The rear derailleur hanger can easily get bent out of shape if the bike falls over. If your derailleur hanger is not straight, take it to your local bike shop to have it fixed.
- There is an accompanying video available here.
1. Align the center of your upper guide pulley teeth with the outside edge of the teeth of your smallest gear on your cassette using the Hi limit adjustment screw (see Figure 1). Be sure to watch the video for additional information.
2. Push the rear derailleur towards the frame and align the center of your upper guide pulley teeth with the center of the teeth of the largest gear on your cassette using the Lo limit adjustment screw (see Figure 2). Be sure to watch the video for additional information.
3. Set the chain gap using the B-Adjust screw. You will want approximately 6mm between the bottom of the gears of your cassette and the top of the upper guide pulley teeth throughout the entire arc of the rear derailleur (see Figure 3). Be sure to watch the video for additional information.
4. You have now successfully aligned your rear derailleur.
This completes aligning your rear derailleur.
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