I think a NR front derailleur is a great triple setup for a half step and granny, if the granny's not too extreme (although that might more relate to the pull of the rear jockey cage). I've used a half step of 48x52 and 48x53 with a NR and it works really well. I've got a Viking with 32x48x52 and a 14-26 that works great with the NR front. I had been using a NR rear as well when the granny was 36. Another setup I have of 28x48x53 and 13-32 on the back exceeds a NR's cage when you use the 4th cog in back from largest when in the granny. The chain will just drag the bottom of the front cage. I'm using other derailleurs front and rear. The Campy 980 may be longer, but is still very similar to the NR in shape and size. I've tried a 980 on an alpine triple of 32x42x53 that worked terribly. I've generalized that these shifters don't work well with alpine chainring combinations. Maybe it was the chain, but I'm thinking that an alpine style front derailleur might handle that type of chainset a bit better, the one's with a non parallel plate cage. I'm not even sure there is a vintage equivalent, but I'm looking for one. I've got that SR crank w/ 32x42x53 hanging on the wall waiting for it.
Dan Artley in Sunny Parkton, Maryland
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2006 18:50:51 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
From: "Marc St. Martin" <marc.stmartin(AT)earthlink.net>
Subject: [CR]WTB-NOS Campy Band-On Front Derailleur (Triple) - early '80s
for my Jack Taylor Tourist
Subject says it all. Got a great NOS rear mech (Rally) from Nick at
Only, now I'm looking for a front. I'm not bargain hunting.
Marc St. Martin