I realise the chain doesn't run through the frame (I have an AlpineStars as well as 2 Santa Cruz Superlights and a Bullit) but it was the bit about pulling the derailleur to bits. If it's simply one jockey wheel then swing the cage open, then all good, except...With the elevated stays the chain doesn't run thru the frame. just undo 1 jockey wheel and the chain comes right off in one piece ya that part was sweet for cleaning the links
5 seconds with a phillips head, but wrestling it past the chainrings could be a PITA.You still have to fish it out of the front derailleur.
Meh, joiner links FTW.