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  • Which front mech for a 2010 Specialised Crosstrail Expert ??

     Big G. updated 1 year, 5 months ago 3 Members · 10 Posts
  • Big G.

    10 January 2019 at 10:29 pm


    A long time since I was on here, hope someone can help please, as frustration is getting the better of me 😕

    After 9,000 miles everything on my 2010 Specialised Crosstrail Expert has worn out. I’ve replaced stuff with the following:

    Rear mech – Shimano XT772 9 speed long cage.

    Rear cassette – Shimano XT770 9 speed.

    Bottom bracket – Shimano ES300 Octalink.

    Crankset – Shimano FC-443, 48-36-26 (9,000 miles out of the original isn’t bad, that’s why I replaced it with the same one !)

    Chain – KMC X9 93.

    I was going to leave the OEM front mech alone, as after a good clean up it still looked ok. It’s a Shimano FD-M530, 31.8mm clamp, top swing, dual pull. However, when I’ve set everything up, the gears aren’t shifting as crisply as I would like, especially at the front. On closer inspection the cage is quite worn.

    Sooooo……to get to the point……I’ve been looking online for the last few days for a good quality Shimano front mech to replace the original and I’m getting more and more frustrated. I can find plenty of poor or average quality ones (Sora, Tiagra, Alivio, etc), but no decent quality ones ??

    Can someone please point me in the right direction for a decent quality SHIMANO 9 speed triple front mech for a 48-36-26 chainset, with the cable running under the bottom bracket ??

    Now, although I ride about 2,000 miles a year, I don’t know much about bike components. Would I get away with a 10 speed ?? Am I worrying too much about getting a good quality mech when an average one would do just as good a job ??

    Yours in frustration and hope,

    Graeme 😉

  • Threevok

    11 January 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Nothing wrong with Alvio. The ones I used lasted just as long as Deore or SLX ones I have owned

    Front Mechs tend to last forever unless you damage them

  • Gunner

    11 January 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Nothing wrong with Alvio. The ones I used lasted just as long as Deore or SLX ones I have owned

    Front Mechs tend to last forever unless you damage them

    Totally agree.

    Alivio and Tiagra are bullet proof in my opinion and represent excellent value for money especially when it comes to front mech’s.

  • Big G.

    12 January 2019 at 11:14 am

    Thanks for the info, I wouldn’t have known that. I was just wanting to “treat” the bike, as it’s served me well over the years 😉

    I’ve been trying to track down a Shimano XT-M770, as they get a good write up, but they are almost impossible to find ! If I can get hold of one I think I’ll go down that route, if not, I’ll take a look at the Alivio and Tiagra.

  • Big G.

    14 January 2019 at 11:23 am

    Well……I managed to track down the last (“definitely not a fake”) Shimano XT-M770 9 speed triple on earth, so I’ve gone with that. Gets a great write up, comes from higher up the Shimano range, and most importantly fits my bike.

    Hopefully all will be well 😀

  • Gunner

    14 January 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Well done. 😉

  • Big G.

    16 January 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Quick update:

    Got my XT770 fitted today, bike changing up and down the gears much better than before 😀

    I’m not convinced it’s an original Shimano, as it didn’t come in a Shimano box with instructions, but it did come from a reputable supplier who assured me it wasn’t a fake.

    Maybe I’ve just been reading too many stories about fake Shimano stuff !! 😕

  • Gunner

    16 January 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I got a rear mech about a year ago, Shimano, came in clear plastic bag and no instructions but was advertised by supplier (also reputable) as such and cheaper because of it, same has also happened with a SRAM 10 speed chain I recently bought so it does happen.

  • Threevok

    17 January 2019 at 11:17 am

    I had an entire groupset (all parts ordered separate) from Wiggle in the sale

    Deore crankset

    SLX front mech

    SLX Shifters

    Deore rear mech


    XT cables

    Apart from the chain, everything came in plastic bags without any packaging or instructions.

  • Big G.

    17 January 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Good stuff, that’s reassuring 😀

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