Have found worsening shifting with my sram red Rd.
Setup: sram red 2010 levers, 2012 10 speed rd, ilink routed inside bar, kmc x10sl chain. External routing, tarmac sl3w wheel manufacturing hanger. Xg1090 cassette 11-28.
I have found that i can tune the rd to either shift promptly into the 11t and make noise on the largest 3 sprockets or silent cassette except for 12t and won't shift to 11t.
I have straightened the hanger in vertical and horizintal planes. Checked shifter internal for crud and relubed. Replaced inner shift cable and liner. There is a good loop going into the rd. Replaced chain. Tried different cassette - dame result. There is no play in the rd at pivots or cage from wear. Jockeys are as new. B tebsion is adjusted appropriately.
Anyone have any ideas what could be going on. The noise is annoying, it is worst in the 3rd largest sprocket in all cassettes.
I got some teflon cables to try and reduce the friction. I kept the light housing. I also decided to cross the shift cables of my internally routed frame inside the down tube to minimize the bend radius under the bars.
Here is something that surprised me though. When I took the cable guide under the bb out I noticed the cables had dug into it. They are exposed to the elements there and easily get dirty. I thought to myself that could very well cause the friction and index problem.
Anyway I solved it by cutting two small pieces of liner and now run the cable through a liner there (greased up). It's almost perfect now but I still do have a slight issue with the 2nd cog and the 9th cog to index perfectly. There is still a compromise between them but it's acceptable.
I'm just worried that the cables will eat through the liners at the bb.
Anyway, reduce the friction and the shifting performance should improve. Also check that your derailleur is lining up properly. I had to do some slight adjustments to my derailleur hanger.
Edit: Also check your rear wheel. I noticed my rear wheel when seated in the drop outs is not perfectly centered in the frame which puts the cassette an an angle. Compare the wheel to the seat tube and see that it runs nice and center between the seat stays and the chain stays. Mine isn't but I can get it ok by giving it I slight nudge right before I clamp the skewers on. In the future I might have to file the dropouts to correct it.
Edit2: Check that your cassette is not moving side to side on the wheel. Could be a freehub body issue/bearing or spacer/lockring thing.
- limit screws
- chain cassette wear
- derailleur hanger alignment
- cable routing friction
- cable routing compression (especially with ilinks, are all the little segments well compressed together at initial install with no inner cable tension. otherwise they'll compress when inner cable tension is brought on through shifting and the liner is likely to get a little kink underneath and increase friction)
- shifter gunk/lubrication - spray some degreaser in, flush it out, relube
- freehub body play - with wheel in dropout and QR tenstioned is there any slop in the freehub body (grab cassette and rock it up and down)
- rear derailleur spring - worn out, not pulling strongly enough into small cogs (11+12)
I recall working on a number of tarmacs with original red. They derailleur hanger is on the narrower side of specifications so often it helped to do as 'Marin' suggested. Place a washer (1-2mm) onto derailleur mounting bolt before installing on derailleur hanger. This places the derailleur 1-2mm further out and will put the spring on more stretch to provide snappier shifting to harder gears, especially the 11 and 12.
I also recall that the 12 tooth on that cassette was quite often noisy when the rest of the cassette was perfect. Almost as if the spacing in manufacturing wasn't spot on. I accepted it. As long as shifting was good I put up with a little noise.
The other issue, is the right limit start position. It's about 0.5mm--1mm upper pulley to the right vs the smallest cog. With the right start position and cable tension, a smooth test of 11-12-11t results in a noise free cassette.
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