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shimano deerhead/first gen deore rd

Old 02-18-23, 11:53 AM
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shimano deerhead/first gen deore rd

the deerhead rd seems to get good reviews around here. i'm curious if anyone has used the first gen deore rd? looks like it may be a very similar design?

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Old 02-18-23, 12:04 PM
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I have and found it didn’t perform as well as the Deerhead, which I’ve used on multiple builds. Could be my n = 1 was a lemon or had a weak spring when it came to me used.
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Originally Posted by nlerner
I have and found it didnít perform as well as the Deerhead, which Iíve used on multiple builds. Could be my n = 1 was a lemon or had a weak spring when it came to me used.
thanks. i ended up with a set of first gen derailleurs and shifter in great condition. trying to decide if i should save them for a build down the road.
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We've got one of these with low miles, it seems fine.

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Originally Posted by dukeofearl
the deerhead rd seems to get good reviews around here. i'm curious if anyone has used the first gen deore rd? looks like it may be a very similar design?

No expert and minimal experience with them but most versions seem to work well enough IME.

Have 3-4 in use but no Deore's that old so....

I am of the mind that these fall into the "sympathetic" build realm, close enough without scouring the planet, maybe going a couple of versions + or - if need be.

Plenty of examples didn't work as well as we think they should have and many don't work well this far down the road.
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cool i think i'll keep em around til the right frame comes along
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Old 02-21-23, 12:30 PM
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i used Deore Gen 1 front and rear derailleurs on this Maruishi Emperor rebuild:



The derailleurs were paired with Suntour ratcheting bar-end shifters, a Sugino Super Maxy triple crank, and a 5-speed Suntour Winner freewheel. The freewheel and chain were brand new. The rear shifting was acceptable at best. Lots of clattering and struggling to shift from gear to gear, which I didn't expect. I'd used the Gen 2 "Deerhead" before, and had a better experience. In all, I would not choose to build with Deore Gen 1 again, unless it was essential to the restoration.
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