Shimano Ultegra 8050 Di2 Mid Cage with 11-32 Cassette and 53/39 Crankset Issues

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Gavin929
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by Gavin929

I just installed a new ultegra 8050 di2 groupset on a bike and decided to use the longer mid cage rear derailleur with an 11-32 cassette. I have always used 53/39 cranksets on the road and prefer this front gearing. I really just wanted the 32 tooth for a bailout on long rides with a lot climbing (+10,000 feet). Setup was great except the rear derailleur will not handle the 53 tooth front chainring and 32 rear cog (Noticed while setting the front derailleur adjustments and not while riding). The chain is as long as it can possibly be without "sagging" in the 11 tooth rear cog and small chainring combo.

I removed the setting in e-tube to allow use of the smallest two cogs while in the little ring. I don't normally cross chain but felt like I wanted complete control of what gear I was in. I don't want this to turn into a cross chain vs gear range vs duplicate gear thread. I just want to know if anyone else has had this problem. I wonder if this is the reason shimano "locked out" the two smallest cogs in the little ring. This would allow for a longer chain and I would clear the 32 tooth rear cog just fine. The engineer in me really wants this to work in all possible configurations even if I don't use them while riding. It's more of a since of accomplishment in setting a drivetrain up perfectly than it is about being able to use the extremes in gearing.

Things I have checked:
1. That the rear derailleur is actually mid cage (GS)
2. I added more links but the chain became "saggy"
3. That the cassette's largest cog was actually a 32 tooth
4. That my "B-tension" was properly set

Bike Specs:
Custom Moots Psychlo X Disc with 423mm chain stays and 142x12 rear spacing and english threaded bottom bracket.

Please feel free to give some advice on the matter. It just seems odd that I am totally within the derailleurs max spec for chain wrap but cannot get into the 32 tooth due to chain length issues.

boots2000
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by boots2000

Are you set up manual, synchro, or semi-synchro?

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Gavin929
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by Gavin929

boots2000 wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:36 am
Are you set up manual, synchro, or semi-synchro?
Manual. I’m not a fan of synchro/semi.

pdlpsher1
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by pdlpsher1

I also have the 8050 GS but with the 50/34 and 11-34 combo. All you need to do is adjust the B screw while in the small small combo until the chain sag is eliminated. Then try the big big combo and see if you have enough chain length. Alternative, as explained in another thread in detail, you could re-engage the 'lock out' and hence you can make your chain slightly longer. With a slightly longer chain and a properly adjusted B screw you will have better shifting performance than a slightly shorter chain with a sub-optimal B screw adjustment. On my setup, with a properly adjusted B screw, with the 'lock out' disengaged, my chain doesn't sag in the small small (34-11) combo.
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Gavin929
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by Gavin929

I did some tweaking to the chain length and b-screw and finally got the 11-32 to work with the 53/39 crankset. The chain length is crucial to get this combo to work correctly. I think it has something to do with how the new style rear derailleur just "floats" around without a chain. I ended up needing one more link than shimano suggested and was able to tune out in chain sag with the b-tension screw. The pulley wheel and cog are farther apart than any shimano setup I have ever had but the shifts are still flawless.

Gavin929
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by Gavin929

pdlpsher1 wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:58 am
I also have the 8050 GS but with the 50/34 and 11-34 combo. All you need to do is adjust the B screw while in the small small combo until the chain sag is eliminated. Then try the big big combo and see if you have enough chain length. Alternative, as explained in another thread in detail, you could re-engage the 'lock out' and hence you can make your chain slightly longer. With a slightly longer chain and a properly adjusted B screw you will have better shifting performance than a slightly shorter chain with a sub-optimal B screw adjustment. On my setup, with a properly adjusted B screw, with the 'lock out' disengaged, my chain doesn't sag in the small small (34-34) combo.
How much distance do you have between your largest 34 tooth cog and the top pulley wheel of your derailleur in the 34 rear / 34 front and 34 rear / 50 front combinations?

I have 6 to 7mm of clearance between mine.

pdlpsher1
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by pdlpsher1

I have about a 7-8mm clearance on both combinations. See the pics. You don’t need to be overly concerned on the clearance. On the shadow RD the jockey wheel clearance is the smallest when in the lowest gear. On the higher gears the clearances are very large. But that doesn’t affect shifting performance. The B screw adjustment doesn’t impact shifting performance like on the previous RD.

Pic 1- small big
Pic 2- big big
Pic 3- big big
Pic 4- small small

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Gavin929
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by Gavin929

Thanks for the pics. Makes since after thinking about the borrowed shadow design. My mtn bikes have similar clearance as this one.

pdlpsher1
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by pdlpsher1

You're welcome. I'm glad to know it's working for you. One thing I've noticed on the shadow derailleur is the extremely high pulley cage tension. That maybe what's contributing to the good shifting performance despite the large pulley wheel clearances on the higher gears.

FWIW I have the mechanical version of the same derailleur (GS) on my tandem. With 50/34 chainrings, I run a Shimano XT 11-40 cassette. With the B screw at the limit shifting is perfect and the long pulley cage easily handles the big-big (50-40) and small-small (34-11) combos. So the B screw has a very wide adjustment range and no special adapters like the WolfTooth RoadLink is needed. The pulley wheel clearance is obviously large in the higher gears but it doesn't seem to affect shifting performance at all.

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