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  • Rear derailleur capacity
  • Premier Icon jimfrandisco
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    I’m working on a retro road bike build. I have an old shimano 600 arabesque group set, including the rear derailleur, that I’ll want to use with modern wheel and cassette (rather than a screw on freewheel).
    What I’m struggling to work out the maximum cassette I can get away with.
    Seems that originally the groupset had a 6 speed freewheel – but over time cassettes and chains have got thinner so I’m assuming that with friction shifters I may be able to use it on a great speed cassette and the main limitation would be cog size.

    Basically – how do I work out how wide and how large a cassette can an old derailleur handle?

    Any pointers?

    Premier Icon simondbarnes
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    Premier Icon jimfrandisco
    Free Member

    cheers for that – I’d spent some time on that site but somehow managed to miss the piece that said my mech could take a max of 32 teeth, so that’s a step forward.

    Guess my question now is how wide is an 80’s standard 6 speed screw-on freewheel compared to a modern cassette?
    I think I should be relatively safe with a 7 or 8 speed hyperglide cassette. Only one way to find out anyway…


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