Light Etap front derailleur clamp

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liam7020
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by liam7020

Looking for a lightweight but reliable clamp to work with my Etap front derailleur. No doubt the SRAM Red clamp would work faultlessly but is there a lighter alternative? Ta.
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Fairwheel may be your best bet. They have options in matte or gloss, UD or 3k carbon for $24. I have used the cutter brand one in gloss 3k, worked well for me but is 14g vs 8g for the fairwheel version. Since there is only 1 bolt to hold the FD in place and clamp around the seat tube, you will just have to take your time to get the placement just right.

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by rideintospace

I have never installed etap so I will relate my experience with a campagnolo front derailleur: the cutter (and fair wheel) clamps are flat on the front side, while most braze-on FD mounts are curved front and back. Campagnolo provides a titanium fixing bolt with a curved washer that cannot be removed, so I had to find an alternative screw to hold the FD on with the flat cutter FD clamp. I think I ended up using a steel screw that came with a k-edge chain catcher which worked out great, they provide 3 different lengths since the bolt cannot be too long or too short to work correctly. Good luck with your etap project!

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If you go carbon, don't cheap out, get Parlee. My one from fairwheel was too small and broke. Otoh, I did have trouble with my Ti frame and the sram clamp, it kept slipping. Parlee is expensive but works very very well.
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RyanH wrote:If you go carbon, don't cheap out, get Parlee. My one from fairwheel was too small and broke. Otoh, I did have trouble with my Ti frame and the sram clamp, it kept slipping. Parlee is expensive but works very very well.


KCNC broke? https://fairwheelbikes.com/kcnc-front-derailleur-clamp



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rideintospace
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by rideintospace

I never had an issue with my cutter brand carbon clamp, and I think it is cheaper than the fairwheel version. I wouldn't say don't go cheap, just make sure you buy something reliable. Maybe the extra 6g on the cutter clamp helps with durability.

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Agreed - I had the same one, and while it didn't break, it was impossible to get the derailleur to stay/shift properly while following the recommended torque.

Went with Campy braze on adapter in black and haven't looked back.

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Electronic + light clamp.. I understand this is WW but I'd be checking it regularly to ensure it didnt end up in my chainrings mid shift at some point
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by mpulsiv

K-Edge is aluminum and rock solid with only ~ 6 grams of weight penalty. Not to mention an option to install chain catcher.
14 grams on my scale http://k-edge.com/shop/chain-catchers/braze-clamp




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Also found this one on the Bike24 website:

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=69687;menu=1000,4,24

Looks like a decently made piece of kit.
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