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Components - Shimano Front Derailleurs

Front derailleurs: Dura-Ace clamp-on | 600 clamp-on | Deore 31.8mm front triple for half-step + granny crankset | FD-Z206 clamp-on | 105 5800 11-speed compact-drive braze-on | 105 clamp-on | Golden Arrow clamp-on

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Shimano Dura-Ace front derailleur clamp-on, 28.5 mm. Used

Part# FD-60

We believe these are rare, first-generation Shimano Dura-Ace front derailleurs. They were probably made 1973 - 1974. The introduction of Shimano Dura-Ace coincided with Campagnolo's release of its Super-Record group. The high-end bike business suddenly got much tougher.

We have two: Dura-Ace front clamp-ons: #1 | #2

Shimano Dura-Ace front derailleur clamp-on, 28.5 mm #1. Used, $35.00

Shimano Durace Ace front derailleur

First generation Dura-Ace parts were the first truly professional components to come from Asia. They would not be the last.

Shimano Dura-Ace front derailleur

These derailleurs were designed for five and six-speed systems.

Shimano Dura-Ace front derailleur clamp-on, 28.5 mm #2. Used, $35.00

Shimano Dura Ace front derailleur

In great condition after all these years.

Dura Ace front derailleur

And from the back


Shimano 600EX Arabesque front clamp-on derailleur, 28.6

Part# FD-61

Technically, this is a Shimano FD-6200, but it is better known as a Shimano 600EX Arabesque (for its decorative engraving) front derailleur. They were produced fromt 1978 to 1984.

Shimano 600 EX front derailleur

These super-shifting front changers weigh in at about 110 grams

Shimano 600 front derailleur

Top view. There is a little rust, but very little wear.


Shimano Deore 31.8mm clamp-on front triple derailleur for half-step + granny crankset. Used

This derailleur is made for "half-step plus granny" triple cranksets.

Here's an explanation of half-step + granny gearing from Sheldon Brown:

"In the days of 4- and 5-speed freewheels , 8- and 10-speed bikes were commonly set up with chainwheels that were very close in size, for instance, 46/49, or 47/50. When used with typical freewheels of the era, the difference between the two front gears was about half as large as the difference between adjacent gears on the freewheel. (One reason for this was that early front derailleurs couldn't handle much more than a 3-tooth difference reliably!)

"With half-step gearing, the larger shifts were made with the rear derailleur, and the front was for fine tuning. This allowed an 8- or 10-speed set up to have a reasonable range with fairly close spacing of the gears.

"A variant on the half-step system is "half-step plus granny." This refers to a setup with a triple crank, where the larger two chainrings are close in size, for half-stepping, and with a much smaller "granny" chainring, typically in the 24-28 tooth range. The idea is to use the half-step gears for general cruising, and to have the granny chainring as a "bail-out" gear for the serious hills."

We have three in stock: #1 | #2 | #3

Shimano Deore 31.8mm clamp-on front triple derailleur for half-step + granny crankset #1. Used, $50.00

Shimano Deore front derailleur

Side view

Shimano Deore front derailleur

From a slightly different angle

Deore Half-step front derailleur

You can see "Half Step" stamped into the front of the cage.

Shimano Deore 31.8mm clamp-on front triple derailleur for half-step + granny crankset #2. Used, $50.00

Shimano Deore front derailleur

Note: this derailleur is for "Half-Step" gearing.

Deore front derailleur

A derailleur made for a specific job.

Deore Half-Step front derailleur

Back of the derailleur with "Half Step" stamped into the cage.

Shimano Deore 31.8mm clamp-on front triple derailleur for half-step + granny crankset #3. Used, $35.00

Shimano Deore half-step front derailleur

You can see the chrome on the inside of the cage has suffered a bit.

Shimano Deore front derailleur

The back of the derailleur


Shimano FD-Z206 front clamp-on derailleur. Used, $25.00

  • Produced 1984 - 1986
  • 28.6mm clamp
  • Will handle an 18-tooth front chainring difference

Shimano front derailleur

A well-designed and made front derailleur.

Shimano front derailleur

And from the back


Shimano 105 5800 11-speed compact-drive braze-on front derailleur. New, $40.00

Shimano 105 front derailleur

This is for 11-speed, compact-drive set-ups.

Shimano 105 front derailleur

And here's the back


Shimano 105 clamp-on front derailleur. Used, $25.00

  • Shimano part# FD-1050
  • Produced 1987 - 1989
  • 28.6mm clamp-on
  • Will handle 14-tooth chainring difference
  • We believe this is the first derailleur to carry the 105 group designation

Shimano front

Just lightly used

Shimano 105 front derailleur

From the back


Shimano Golden Arrow clamp-on front derailleur. Used, $40.00

  • Shimano part# FD-A105
  • The Golden Arrow components carried a 105 part number, but they were marketed as Golden Arrow parts.
  • These derailleurs were produced 1983 - 1986. 105-branded parts succeeded them in 1987
  • 28.6mm clamp-on

Shimano Golden Arrow front derailleur

A simple, well-made front derailleur

Golden Arrow front derailleur

From the front