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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:59 pm 
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Personally, I have never had a derailleur install take more than a couple of test rides around the block to dial in.

What do you guys think?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 1:34 pm 
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Just another way to part fools with their money :-))


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 2:00 pm 
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TBH, some people really are clueless about how rear mechs are adjusted. A couple of weeks in a workshop environment is enough to work this out!

That sort of person will buy this.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:41 am 
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If you're setting up enough mechs to need something like this, you're probably handy enough at it to not need one. Probably very convenient for shop wrenches, though.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:02 am 
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Some people I know seem to spend their entire lives setting up the same 3 or 4 rear mechs, yet they never work properly.

I hope the app has a "bent mech hanger" warning......


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:25 am 
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iPhone only is a bit 2010, no?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:47 am 
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mattr wrote:
I hope the app has a "bent mech hanger" warning......

The intro video briefly mentioned something about that.

MisterMuncher wrote:
iPhone only is a bit 2010, no?

Exactly. This would make a great Christmas gift for a guy I know except he uses Android.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:13 pm 
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They sent me one to test - it actually works pretty well.

I can see how it could end up being something that generates a report that bike shops could give to customers to 'prove' the accuracy of their rear mech adjustment (and/or for the shop to keep on record if the customer comes back complaining). The biggest issue is the fact that there's nothing for the front mech.

There shouldn't be a need for this, but with the explosion in cycling all over the place, I can see how some of the newbies would latch onto this then claim to be mechanical whizzes.

Many of us don't need it and wouldn't buy it, but it actually is a good product for those who want to do their own mechanics but don't know how, or for anyone who is almost getting things right but need a bit of help. Ridicule it all you like, but I reckon it could sell quite well.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 2:45 am 
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Have you tried it out on a bike with a messed up hanger or something seriously wrong with it? I'm curious to see how out of whack a bike has to be before the tool freaks out.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 2:49 am 
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No - none of my bikes are out of whack, and I don't work in a shop anymore.

It does tell you exactly how many turns of the barrel adjuster you need to do to get the gears right, so I'm pretty sure it would pick up even a slightly wonky hanger.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 3:09 am 
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Interesting. Thanks!


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