SRAM ESP 7.0 Rear Derailleur Derailleur

3.95/5 (56 Reviews)


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SRAM ESP 7.0 Derailleur


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by russ a Cross Country Rider from asheville nc usa

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2007

Strengths:    accurate shifting

Weaknesses:    cheap construction

Bottom Line:   
great product for the $. The construction is cheap, and I've had more than one fail becuase of this. THe reason I love the 7.0 is it works very well; almost as well as the x7, and you can get these things for next to nothing compared to the x7. Great for riders who have never had a deraileur last long enough to change the pulley wheels. Cheap unough to buy 2 or 3 at a time.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $12.00

Similar Products Used:   5.0, x7

Bike Setup:   blur 4x, freeride/trail build

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob a Cross Country Rider from PA

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2006

Strengths:    Durability - I put 10+ miles 5-6 days a week through 6 summers to get me to work and back.

Weaknesses:    Finally broke, shifts were rough sometimes and needed adjusted. I consider that normal care though.

Bottom Line:   
Well it finally broke where it connects to the frame. It snaped clean off. Sad part was i was just observing the water/mud damage though some trails in southeast PA and with no warning it broke.

This Derailleur has seen many crashes, rims , tires and chains. I never had a problem with it. It allows worked when i needed it to. I completed regular care and i got 9 years of service. No complaints here and i want to give a little thank you to SRAM.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Came with bike - Guys bicycles

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Trek single trek from 1997 - Rear Derailleur came with the bike.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by grant w a Downhiller from redlands ca us

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2006

Strengths:    fast shifting

Weaknesses:    composite, i broke mine on a 3ft drop. the composite cracked in half

Bottom Line:   
good at first but it is not ment for freeriding. good for urban though

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Favorite Trail:   my own

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $52.00

Purchased At:   onlinee

Bike Setup:   hard rock pro disc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by the_lynxy from wyoming

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2006

Strengths:    the BEST!!! i am very pleased with it!! you can shift under lots of preasure and you can even shift while pedeling very hard and it is like a rock!! nothing can effect it!!!! shifts very smooth. the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!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Weaknesses:    Nothing, nothing at all!! best derailleur ever!!

Bottom Line:   
you have to get this derailleur if your cheap old crapy derailleus just broke. this will serve you for lots of years without a problem!!!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   ebay


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marquis a Weekend Warrior from SoCal, USA

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2005

Strengths:    Flawless shifting, on-the-fly adjustability

Weaknesses:    None serious, maybe just the somewhat vague setup parameters. Takes a little trial-and-error to get it just right.

Bottom Line:   
The best shifting I've ever had. I'm an old road racer and have been through every type of derailleur/shifting system. The SRAM 7.0, along with X.9 grip shifters, is more precise and reliable than any other that I've used. Dirt cheap, too. I've bashed it pretty good and it's held up fine. My high-end Campy road bike system now seems kinda clunky by comparison.

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Favorite Trail:   El Moro Canyon

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Lots of Shimano, Campy, cheapo SRAM

Bike Setup:   Access hardtail with an ever-changing mix of components.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kelly Gunthorpe a Weekend Warrior from Batesville,IN,USA

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2004

Strengths:    Shifts smoother than butter. Pretty tough so far, only had a month.

Weaknesses:    None to date, i guess that parts are plastic

Bottom Line:   
Great piece, shifts so smooth its like how i always thought a derailer should be. better then any shimano stuff i have tried. I use it along with all SRAM stuff, dont know if that makes any diff, but it seems to works awesome and thats all i know, oh yeah its really easy to set up but so are other brands.

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Favorite Trail:   Not Sure

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   greenfishsports.com

Similar Products Used:   shimano lx,xt

Bike Setup:   Iron horse sinister H-tail set up for the street

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mark a Cross Country Rider from hobart

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2004

Strengths:    no strengths besides good shifting

Weaknesses:    brittle plastics

Bottom Line:   
mine broke when i changed gears. It snapped at a plastic bit and then got tangled up in the spokes. I had to cut spokes to get it free from their. It cost 300 dollars to get my bike back on the road.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   shimano deore/xt/lx/xtr

Bike Setup:   full sram 7.0 with deore front derailleur

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matthew Miller a Cross Country Rider from Green Bay, WI, USA

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2003

Strengths:    Strong, smooth shifts.

Weaknesses:    Color, that blue grey thing doesn't look cool with my TI bike.

Bottom Line:   
If your rear derailleur breaks then you can join a club of more than a million members and get free cheese. Or you can realize that rear derailleurs break and break and break, until you get into your groove and even then don't be suprised for that occasional break. I've broke about 4 derailleurs, this 7.0 derailleur kicks a$$, I've raced on it and it worked flawlessly.

Get it, don't whine. SRAM is excellent.

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Favorite Trail:   Gnarly

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Somehwhere

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Acera/LX & XTR & 9.0SL

Bike Setup:   All the ritzy big boy stuff.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jean-Sylvain a Weekend Warrior from Quebec, canada

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2002

Strengths:    shift well

Weaknesses:    heavy, impossible to remove the cage, pricey aftermarket pulleys, almost impossible to find any replacement peaces in canada

Bottom Line:   
This is a review for the 2001 version. I had a 99 esp7.0 wich was better than the 2001, because it was much lighter. I broke the cage of that 99 model (hit a rock hard), but could'nt have the replacement part (Sram only have expensive 9.0 replacement parts, wich sucks). I changed the derailleur for a 2001 model that I found for cheap. It shift as well as the 99 model, not better, but it is much more heavy. Now I broke the internal spring that puts the tension on the pulley, and guess what, I can't remove the cage to repair it!! That was really easy to do on the 99 model, but is not possible anymore. Now I understand why shimano is the monopoly, it's principal competitor really suck. Now, whether I find another one for cheap, whether I go for shimano.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   7.0 1999, Deore LX


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dan a Weekend Warrior from Silver Spring, MD USA

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2002

Strengths:    Light weight

Weaknesses:    Lower pulley has no bearing and can lock up by itself.

Bottom Line:   
I was worried about the plastic knuckles on this, but became aware of the real problem when my chain started skipping. The lower pulley screw self-tightens and locks up the pulley. I took it apart and checked the SRAM website to see if it was installed improperly or was missing parts. It is as it was designed to be. Most derailleurs have a means to prevent the screw from being overtightned. Not these! You can't replace with aftermarket pulley either. Looks like the 9.0SL does have bearings and probably can't be overtightned. I would avoid the ESP 7.0.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Shimano

Bike Setup:   RANS Rocket Recumbent

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Tim a Weekend Warrior from Kenya

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2001

Strengths:    It broke on third ride out!

Weaknesses:    I broke in two when striking log in long grass

Bottom Line:   
What a disaster - I thought these products were supposed to be tough. This gear is mostly plastic - brittle plastic

Avoid

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Shimano

Bike Setup:   Bianchi Wannabee

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kelly Coving a Cross Country Rider from NY

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2001

Strengths:    I felt like I was down grading from my XTR,I installed it with 9.0 shifters, Not only did it blow Shamno out if the water but I noticed the weight differance. Not one problem yet and I ride hard. "SMOOVE"

Weaknesses:    None exposed yet

Bottom Line:   
Stop the monopoly..TRY SRAM!!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   cambria bikes

Similar Products Used:   97'XTR,new XT

Bike Setup:   Hard tale with a salad of aftermarket Parts

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Woodington a Cross Country Rider from Hopkins, SC

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2001

Strengths:    Looks cool and SHIFTS PERFECTLY on all 9 gears.

Weaknesses:    Says composite but looks like plastic and no adjustment barrel for fine tuning.

Bottom Line:   
This product is awesome! Best derailluer I've ever tried. It doesn't have an adjustment barrel but suprisingly it works so well that it doesn't need it.

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Favorite Trail:   downhill singletrack

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   cambriabike

Similar Products Used:   deore STX, LX, XT, Sachs

Bike Setup:   Custom super v with carbon fiber swingarm.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Max a Racer from Canada

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2001

Strengths:    light weight, smooth shifting, easy maintenance (so far)

Weaknesses:    not many once I got'er ajusted it worked so smoothly

Bottom Line:   
better than shimano xt and xtr. This is the derailler for all types smooth,light,strong if ya want one ya have to use SRAM shifters best value too!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Pee-Gee Man

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Spoke 'n Pedal

Similar Products Used:   Shimano xt,xtr,lx

Bike Setup:   stock Rocky Mountain EDGE

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by daneil a Weekend Warrior from New York

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2001

Strengths:    Shifts are flawless. Light. Durable.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
These are beautiful. My bike came with shimano crap, deore rear, alivio front and shifters, then the front crapped out on me and it was time that I upgraded the drivetrain. went with sram cause it was cheaper for the same quality as LX, XT and man am I glad that I did. these shift perfectly in heavy, fast NYC traffic and hold up to getting hit by cabs and police. Sram rules.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Similar Products Used:   Deore, 5.0

Bike Setup:   Univega Alpina 600 with vuelta rims, 7.0 rear and shifters, 9.0 front 8 speed 5.0 cassette and chain, kore riser, tektro brakes

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