RE: [CR]Front derailer question

(Example: Framebuilders:Norman Taylor)

From: "Mark Bulgier" <>
Subject: RE: [CR]Front derailer question
Date: Mon, 6 May 2002 22:15:31 -0700

Peter Palamara writes:
> I am restoring a mid 80's Colnago. The frame has a braze-on
> for the front derailer, but the derailer I want to fit is a
> Shimano 600 clamp/bracket style to the seat tube. The bike
> mechanic says that he cannot fit the derailer since the frame
> and the derailer are incompatible.
> Surely there must be some sort of adapter to make a clamp-on
> front derailer compatible with a frame that has a brazed fitting
> for it. Am I being naive here or is the bike mechanic clueless???

Your mechanic is essentially right. If you had the part of the derailleur that attaches to the braze-on, you could swap that for your part with the clamp, using your cage, parallelogram arms and spring, but that part isn't usually available separately for Shimano 600.

There is a part to adapt the other way - to mount a braze-on derailleur to a frame with no braze-on - but that won't help in your situation.

Mark Bulgier
Seattle, Wa