Shimano Alivio front Derailleur

Alivio front

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Mtn Biker   Cross Country Rider [Oct 01, 2015]
Strength:

None

Weakness:

Brand new derailleur pivots are so loose that the shifting is super bad. Alivio = junk

This is a new derailleur on a new bike. I was adjusting it for a friend and couldn't get the front derailleur to work properly. I set the height, set the rotation and it still didn't work. I grabbed it with my hand and it moved all over the place. The pivot pins are so loose that it could never work! I put an old XT derailleur on and it works perfectly. Never buy anything but XT. Alivio = junk. I put it into the recycle bin. No point in asking Shimano for another copy of trash.

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Jonathan   [Mar 03, 2015]
Strength:

Nice and fancy looking.

Weakness:

Problem shifting from 1st gear to 2nd gear then 3rd gear.

It does not shift from 2nd gear to 3rd gear correctly.

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Clifford   Weekend Warrior [May 13, 2014]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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.

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.
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emptyandoverflowing   Cross Country Rider [May 17, 2009]
Strength:

quick shifting, easy to tune

Weakness:

none

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...

Similar Products Used: countless
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5
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5
Bleh   Cross Country Rider [Jan 01, 2009]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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

Similar Products Used: Cheapest shimano
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3
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3
Henk Noordermeer   Cross Country Rider [Sep 17, 2007]
Strength:

It looks kind of good on my bike

Weakness:

It doesnt allow for big adjustments

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.

Similar Products Used: Deore
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John   Weekend Warrior [Feb 13, 2007]
Strength:

Durabilty, weight, colour and crisp shifting.

Weakness:

None.

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.

Similar Products Used: Shimano Deore LX (bottom pull), Shimano Deore LX (top pull).
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5
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5
jay bulanadi   Cross Country Rider [Jan 09, 2007]
Strength:

shifts fast..... really fast.....

Weakness:

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

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

Similar Products Used: deore front
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5
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5
Christian Walch   Racer [Mar 07, 2002]
Strength:

Looks nice before you start using it.

Weakness:

On the 3rd day (easy riding, shifting while going slightly uphill), the (perfetly adjusted) derailler jammed the chain between the left and middle sprocket, rendering the middle sprocket useless.

Unreliable shifting, and jams the chain between sprockets (believe it or not!). Bottom line: Not recommended. Upgrade it asaib (as soon as it breaks), or better, if you have the choice, choose a bike that comes better equiped.
Sorry Mr. Shimano, but this piece of cr+p does not deserve a good rating.

Similar Products Used: Shimano LX 500 (old but still doing its job)
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Dave   [Mar 03, 2002]
Strength:

erm....works for a while if you keep it swimming in oil

Weakness:

mine broke after 11/2 years of lightish use, will not work with any kind of mud/grit/water in it. doesnt change to middle ring despite HOURS of adjusting. grinds like f**k.
rattles, floats around on its pivots after no time at all

mine came stock on my bike. if youre getting a bike with one of these on, id keep it for a while then bin it as soon as it starts wobbling cos its all downhill from there. DO NOT upgrade to this P.O.S., you WILL regret it!! pay a bit extra fopr the deore one at least cos thats q good. im now getting an XT one thats not a top swing design cos theyre meatn to be much more durable.

ill give it a 3 for value cos it came onmy bike but a two overall cos its so sh*t

Similar Products Used: LX, Deore - both much better
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2
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