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The smooth bruiser.

For cyclists who choose to buck the latest trend of one-by drivetrains in favor of the knee-saving grace of a double, Shimano's XT FD-M785 Front Derailleur may be the best option for smooth shifting that doesn't cost as much as your car's transmission. While other popular mountain bike component manufacturers privilege brute durability at the expense of clunky shifting, Shimano's XT kit manages to stay silky smooth with a tough attitude. When rocks, branches, and other trail denizens do inevitably re-tune your derailleur, angled adjustment screws make dialing it back in line quick and easy—even if your complex rear suspension would normally make it a chore.

  • Optimized shaping for double cranksets
  • Angled limit screws
  • E-Type or Low-Clamp mounting options

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2X10 shifting great.

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I switched from 3X10 to 2X10 and before I got this double shifting was not spot on. Now it works great up and down with fast reliable shifts under all conditions. This one is much smaller than the same model for 3X10 and feels lighter.