Shimano Alivio front Derailleur

2.7/5 (63 Reviews)


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Alivio front


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Clifford a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2014

Strengths:    Nice wide dérailleur cage which may be a benefit for use with wide rear cluster.
Top Pull, 34.9 Seat Tube compatibility.


Weaknesses:    Difficulty shifting into larger, 3rd chainring. The outward slanting inside of the dérailleur cage tends to twist the chain and trap the chain preventing it from shifting up to the largest chainring.

The bushings on the dérailleur also appeared to prematurely wear.


Bottom Line:   
The fundamental problem with the Alivio dérailleur was that the upper half of the dérailleur cage bent outward. This has the effect of twisting the chain and trapping the chain, not allowing it to shift up into the 3rd largest chainwheel.

The solution was to put the bike in 1x7 (two smallest gears, front and back). Then physically move the Alivio dérailleur upwards on the seat tube until the bottom of the cage almost touches the chain. Tighten everything down, readjust the cable, and set the limit screws normally. Make sure the dérailleur is perfectly parallel to the chainrings/crank so it doesn't rub on the crank. The wide dérailleur cage brings it mighty close to the crank.

After the adjustments, it worked well.

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Duration Product Used:   Came (well) used on bike.

Similar Products Used:   40 years of tinkering on bikes. Most well used dérailleur has been Campagnolo nuovo record. This is the first dérailleur that I have ever had the chain trapping problem with.

Bike Setup:   Mongoose all aluminum Mountain Bike. This was setup with a top pull dérailleur cable. I installed 3x7 grip shifters.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by emptyandoverflowing a Cross Country Rider from greencastle, in usa

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2009

Strengths:    quick shifting, easy to tune

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
All you people that are having problems need to read some tutorials. if its adjusted properly, it's friggin gold! its no harder to adjust than any other setup. its called patience people. if you can't get this to work right as easy as it is, then buy a 20 inch. shifting ain't for you...

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Favorite Trail:   anything... road or trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   came on cannondale

Similar Products Used:   countless

Bike Setup:   Frame Terra Mountain, double butted
Fork HeadShok P-Bone M
Rear Shock n/a
Rims Cannondale Performance, 32 hole
Hubs Shimano RM-40
Spokes DT Champion
Tires Hutchinson Mosquito, 26 x 2.0"
Pedals Wellgo alloy cage
Crank Sugino X150, 22/32/42
Chain 8-speed
Rear Cogs SRAM 5.0 8-speed, 11-30
Bottom Bracket Shimano STX
Front Derailleur Shimano LX
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore
Shifters Shimano Alivio
Handlebars Cannondale 6061 alloy
Stem Cannondale HeadShok Si
Headset Cannondale HeadShok Si
Brakeset Shimano BR-420
Brakelevers Tektro 379A
Saddle Selle Royal Video Gel
Seat Post Kalloy SP-263

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bleh a Cross Country Rider from Sydney NSW Australia

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2009

Strengths:    Was perfect when it came with the bike, shifted to the right gear every time without fail, no rubbing

Weaknesses:    I had an accident and adjusting it to get it to a state even approximating the factory adjustment was almost impossible. Two bike shops failed, after a couple of hours I almost had it

Bottom Line:   
Hope it's adjusted correctly the first time & look after it 'cause if it goes out it's a bugger to get back

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Favorite Trail:   road

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Cheapest shimano

Bike Setup:   MTB

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jared a Cross Country Rider from Bowling Green, KY

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2008

Strengths:    Pretty durable, looks good (not that that matters)

Weaknesses:    shifts slowly

Bottom Line:   
This derailleur came with the bike. It's the first derailleur I replaced, if that tells you anything. It's actually pretty decent for entry level stuff, but seeing as how inexpensive front derailleurs are, I didn't see any reason not upgrade to XT quality. If you're a beginner, and it came with the bike, keep it for a while. However, I would advise upgrading before your first race.

The thing just shifts really slowly, especially into the lower gears, and makes a lot of racket no matter what gear your shifting to. Seeing how much people pay for this thing, I'm not surprised. This isn't even really a good value for the $. Just pay an extra couple bucks and go to LX. You can buy them from Nashbar for $20. Or spend a tank of gas on an XT. I drive a MINI and it still costs $40 for gas, so unless you're driving a hybrid... $40 isn't that much $$$ anymore.

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Favorite Trail:   Lock 4

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Montgomery Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Deore LX, and XT

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F5, SID fork, Sram X9 RD, XT FD, Sram PG upgrades, Shimano pedals, etc.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Henk Noordermeer a Cross Country Rider from Mexico City, Mexico

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2007

Strengths:    It looks kind of good on my bike

Weaknesses:    It doesnt allow for big adjustments

Bottom Line:   
It came with the bike. It worked sort of ok in the beginning, but shifting to the small blade was allways difficult (took long and made a lot of noise).
After a while it became impossible to shift to the smallest blade, so i tried to adjust it. Only to find out that it didnt allow for any addittional inward adjustment. The adjustment screws dont do much as mentioned by other reviewers.. It shifts horribly now and i have only had it for 3 months. BTW: I do know how to shift and havent had this problem with other derailleurs (Deore). I read some reviewers blame other reviewers for not knowing how to shift or to adjust properly. I think you just have to be lucky that its adjustment range matches your bike, if it doesn´t, it´s hopeless!.. I´ve had to bend(!) the cage to be able to shift to the granny again.. I hate it already!
Hence, for my bike it doesnt work.. lowest rating in flames.

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Favorite Trail:   Ajusco

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came with bike, Alubike Dropper

Similar Products Used:   Deore

Bike Setup:   Alubike Dropper, All Alivio

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Josh Wolfe a Downhiller from Ancaster, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2007

Strengths:    havn't had any strength problems, easy enough to tune,it came on my bike but i know it very affordable

Weaknesses:    horrible shifting, i have to jam my shifter and hold for like 5 senconds before it shifts, it gets out of alignment after almost every ride, its the noisiest deraillleur i have ever had and most importantly it doesn't match my bike!

Bottom Line:   
This is a god derailler for anyone on a low budget. That is a VERY LOW budget. i would recomend this derailler to someone who needs on temporarily until they can afford a better one. If you can you are beeter of to save your money and get something better, particularly SRAM, whose derailleurs actually shift and work properly for more than 3 hours!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came on my bike

Similar Products Used:   deore, lx, x-gen

Bike Setup:   05 Norco rampage downhill hardtail, 04 jr.t's, integrated stem, hussefelt drivetrain with shiftguide, -derailleurs and rims to be upgraded this season!-

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2007

Strengths:    Durabilty, weight, colour and crisp shifting.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
This front derailleur came stock on my 1996 GT Ricochet that I got on October 15,1996. It was a trouble-free derailleur that I used along with the stock Shimano Alivio 42/32/22 crankset. I opted to replace it for a Shimano Deore LX bottom pull derailleur and a Sugino 44/32/22 crankset.
Bottom Line: I still have this derailleur in my extra parts box to this day. While I used it, it was trouble-free with crisp & clean shifts for 1,000's of kilometers.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Stock on my 1996 GT Ricochet - D'Ornellas Bike Shop (1996)

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore LX (bottom pull), Shimano Deore LX (top pull).

Bike Setup:   1996 GT Ricochet

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jay bulanadi a Cross Country Rider from philippines

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2007

Strengths:    shifts fast..... really fast.....

Weaknesses:    its hard to adjust, but once you had it mixed in correctly, there'l be no problem

Bottom Line:   
this derailleur works perfectly... all you ppl who complain about this component have yours installed incorrectly...

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Favorite Trail:   scan, kauswagan, paraclete

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $11.00

Purchased At:   avk, philippines

Similar Products Used:   deore front

Bike Setup:   custom xc hardtail

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Blaine k a Weekend Warrior from Calgary Alberta Canada

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2006

Strengths:    I havn't had any strength problems yet

Weaknesses:    I havn't had any weeknesses problems yet

Bottom Line:   
its a peice, i keep on playing with it and the chain rubs on it no matter what, there isn't enogh clearence on the gide without having the chain rub, i've had this bike for two days and it's already screwed (good thing for warrenty)
The bottom line is take your money to a different deralleur
this isn't even good for begginers.

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Favorite Trail:   good ones

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Bike shop

Similar Products Used:   lots

Bike Setup:   Rocky mountain flow 2.0 with marzocchi dj pro

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Josiah Elliott a Weekend Warrior from Wheaton, IL, USA

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2006

Strengths:    shifts right on time occasionally

Weaknesses:    usually a bit of lag shifting, need to get it adjusted... or learn how...

Bottom Line:   
don't but just buy deore or better

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Favorite Trail:   dunno

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Giant Iguana 2002

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark a Cross Country Rider from Choctaw, OK, USA

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2006

Strengths:    Price and shifts when I want it to. I really like the bottom pull/top swing design.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
This is so far the best front derailleur I've put on this bikd. The stock Tourney was a piece of junk and the Deore I got on ebay for cheap had too long a cage for the crank size. It shifts fine and is quite responsive. The top swing/bottom pull design is great. Of course, this is a front derailleur, one of the few instruments on a bike where high end/low end doesn't make much of a performance difference. I think most of the problems people have are related to poor adjustment/installation/placement or bad shifters. This is a great front derailleur for XC or anyone looking for a good value or replacement derailleur.

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Favorite Trail:   nudraper

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $14.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Shoppe

Similar Products Used:   Deore, Tourney

Bike Setup:   2004 KHS Sport, Mavic x221 rims, Acera Rear Freehub, SR 7 spd cassette, Acera EZ Fire shifter pods, stock v-brakes, Alivio FD, Prowheel 42/34/24 crankset. Wheels handbuilt by yours truly.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Colin Clayden a Downhiller from Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2005

Strengths:    Shifts up when you want Shifts dow when you want.

Weaknesses:    None that I have noticed dont understand why its getting such bad ratings.....

Bottom Line:   
It shifts down 2-3 seconds after you click the shifter (with rapid fire shifters) smooth both up and down I have had no problems with the alivio but have had problems with deore front derailleurs.

5 FLAMMIN' CHILLI'S

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Favorite Trail:   o'dell xpert trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Stock on Haro Esacpe

Similar Products Used:   deore front derailleur I found it worked ALOT worst!

Bike Setup:   haro escape 8.1 with maxxis high roller 2.5's

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Greg Dawson a Weekend Warrior from Thunder Bay, Ont.

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2005

Strengths:    the only strenght is the cheap price.

Weaknesses:    this thing gets jammed up and bends very easily, when i pedal backwards it shifts.

Bottom Line:   
don't buy this derailleur, if it came with your bike upgrade it immeadiately. I'd suggest an LX or XT.

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Favorite Trail:   Scribbler

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came on bike

Similar Products Used:   acera (even worse)

Bike Setup:   2005 norco bigfoot

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by steve giles a Weekend Warrior from macomb twp,mich, usa

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2005

Strengths:    well u need a front der if u go trail riding don't you?

Weaknesses:    well going downhill makes think if the bike will go to the gear i want to go?or getting stuck between gears or ghost shift,doesn't always shift at high speed.i weigh 162 pounds it seems that my weight causes it to not shift at times.heavy,cheap, going in garabe can when i get xt on my bike

Bottom Line:   
well if u like to go ride on anything else besides downhill or racing for fun will not work at all shifting drives me nuts funnt noises at times from this der. but i guess it could be used for replacement der for a dept store bike who plans riding around their neighbourhood or around a skate/bike part area.dirt it sucks big time i hate it so much i got a new xt over a rock hard seat that causes me to walk like a cowboy over the fact the shifting sucks with any kind of weight as i said i weigh 162 pounds.might work with small children on their bikes but a 160 pound man and the weight makes it shift weird go fuigure?

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Favorite Trail:   local trails

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   none really

Bike Setup:   2004 gt i-drive 2.0 besides xt front soon everything else stock will change everything to xt-xtr-reba team w/poplock-fox rp3 shock only thing left not change is the frame

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by David a Weekend Warrior from Petaluma, CA , USA

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2005

Strengths:    um, it usually works.

Weaknesses:    seems like anytime I am really crankin it uphill and need to drop to the small cog, that suddenly something happens. So that is naturally a bid downer, nuthing like losing your momentum when you are really chugging up some small rocky single track.

Bottom Line:   
only using because they came with the bike, a fund has already been started form some XTR gear though. So basically don't buy it, if you actually use the bike like it was meant.

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Favorite Trail:   Annadel

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   shimano LX or XT don't remember which.

Bike Setup:   Mostly stock '04 Marin Rocky Ridge

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