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Refreshing a derailleur

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May 23, 2002
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My wife's bike has an STX derailleur on gripshift shifters. It actually shifts ok, but there is a metric butt-ton of play in the derailleur pivots. Is there anything that can be done to refresh it, so it stops sloppin' around, or do I just need a new derailleur. We're trying to sell the bike so I don't want to redo her drivetrain, and selling it with the slop has been hard.
 

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Turbo Monkey
Oct 12, 2001
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What was the difference between STX and STX RC? Richard Cunningham?
if memory serves me right, STX RC was one step up from STX...

The line was:

... STX -> STX RC -> LX -> XT -> XTR

My brother had a 1995 gary fisher w/ stx. Decent lower-end drivetrain. Came stock on on $500-600 bikes.
 

JRogers

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Mar 19, 2002
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if memory serves me right, STX RC was one step up from STX...

The line was:

... STX -> STX RC -> LX -> XT -> XTR

My brother had a 1995 gary fisher w/ stx. Decent lower-end drivetrain. Came stock on on $500-600 bikes.
I think the RC just had a few different materials in the parts, but the two were mostly the same. I think I had STX RC on my first real mountain bike, a Schwinn Moab.
 

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Turbo Monkey
Oct 12, 2001
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I think the RC just had a few different materials in the parts, but the two were mostly the same. I think I had STX RC on my first real mountain bike, a Schwinn Moab.
Yeah, they were very similar. I think in parts they used aluminum in place of steel... don't recall exactly - effectively the same in my eyes.

according to wikipedia:
STX-RC - Mountain bike groupset - Predecessor to Deore available during the mid 1990s
STX - Mountain bike groupset - between STX-RC and Alivio groups. For a limited time mid 1990s.

... with Alivio being lower end.

My first mountain bike predated Alivio and had Altus A-20... it was a trek 830. Loved that bike!
 

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RC was shinny aluminum, standard stx was more stamped steel. Both were low end junk. Had it on my 95 GT Tequesta and ran it a good number of years.