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Can anyone list alternatives for the stock front derailleur? I find it pretty exposed to dirt. I saw a sram one which seems more compact, but I can't find it for the enduro mount (e-type, right?).

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It's not an e-type, it's bolted onto the swingarm. Pretty sure the 'e' stands for eccentric because they mount between the bottom bracket and frame around the bb threads.

I think you're SOL but is the stock one actually causing problems or you just don't like the way it looks and think it 'might' cause you problems?
 

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It works great, I was just asking, because I don't like the way it's built: the spring is really exposed to dirt: the sram I've seen (x7 or x9) is more "compact" and no spring is exposed.

From what I've read, the e-type ones are indeed mounted to the BB, but the BB derailleur bracket can be detached and the bolts should be compatible with the enduro frame mount.

Is there even any alternative at all?
 

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I remember looking at mine and thinking the same thing. I've got an older e-type derailleur that is defintely riveted onto the bottom bracket brace.....so there's no replacing it if the design hasn't changed.

Honestly I wouldn't worry about it.



If it ain't broke.............;)
 

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I bought a '08 Stumpy FSR Pro frame without a front derailleur and learned that the DMD lingo from Specialized means "Direct Mount Derailleur" and I also learned that these are the E-type derailleurs, just without the bracket, and that any of the more recent Shimano E-Type front derailleurs will work, as there is a screw that detaches the mechanism from the E-bracket vs. it being riveted together like older ones.

Which derailleur does your frame have? In looking at the specs on Enduro SL's, depending on component level, you can get an LX level, or XT level or XTR level derailleur. If you have the LX level one, maybe the XT will be better in hiding the mechanism from the elements. I bought the XT one for use on my Stumpy.
http://bike.shimano.com/publish/con.../deore_lx/product.-code-FD-M580-E.-type-.html
http://bike.shimano.com/publish/con...roduct.-code-FD-M770-E.-type-fd_mountain.html
http://www.treefortbikes.com/94_333222337240__XTR-FD-970-E-Type.html

Specialized uses special screws/parts to mount the derailleur, so if you swap to a new one, pay attention to when you take it apart so you put everything back in the proper place. (Look in the link below, bottom right of page 16, shows the parts I'm talking about, and page 13 shows the correct position for the derailleur when mounting it):
http://cdn.specialized.com/OA_MEDIA/pdf/manuals/07 Enduro SL Manual.pdf
 
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