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fueledbymetal said:
I need a top-pull front derailleur and am looking at the XT options. Shimano's website says all of the following models can work as a top-pull. Will one work better than the others?
M770
http://bike.shimano.com/publish/con.../product.-code-FD-M770.-type-fd_mountain.html
M771
http://bike.shimano.com/publish/con.../product.-code-FD-M771.-type-fd_mountain.html
M772
http://bike.shimano.com/publish/con.../product.-code-FD-M772.-type-fd_mountain.html
Depends on your frame.
 

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I'm new to this, but it looks like they are all dual-pull, so you're fine on cable routing, so it comes down to:

770 - top swing, lower profile behind seat tube, 8g lighter (ha)
771 - bottom swing
772 - top swing

Take a look at your current derailleur to see if you need top swing (tube clamp sits below derailleur cage) or bottom swing (clamp sits above cage).
 

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all the new er shimano fd are dual pull, some are top bracket and some are bottom. what do you have now? is the clamp above the deraillier or below it? some frames can go either some one or the other. the newest clamps style is more compact and angled for frames with really tight areas
 

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My current frame uses a bottom pull mounted FD and it's all I've had experience with. But now I'm getting a new hard tail frame with top pull cable routing which is why I need the new FD. It's a Seven Sola fwiw (I'm so pumped!!! :) ).
 

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fueledbymetal said:
My current frame uses a bottom pull mounted FD and it's all I've had experience with. But now I'm getting a new hard tail frame with top pull cable routing which is why I need the new FD. It's a Seven Sola fwiw (I'm so pumped!!! :) ).
as I said all shimano fds are dual pull top or bottom, its the clamp that matters
is it above or below the deraillier

judging from this picture Id say it was a top clamp
https://www.bikemagic.com/news/images/daftpunk_seven_side_hi.jpg
 
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