Shimano ALTUS Derailleur

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Shimano Altus FD-M190 Front Derailleur perfect replacement derailleur for your 8-speed (24 speed) bike or as an upgrade from cheap stamped-steel versions.

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[Aug 23, 2015]
Josh
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

It's dirt cheap. I have this on a cheap hybrid that I commute with mostly on road and some well packed dirt trails. I haven't had any issues with it, just the occasional adjustments.

Weakness:

None, considering the price point.

If you are looking to crush some steep hills on the road or climb up technical single track, buy the appropriate equipment. But, if you want a cheap, reliable derailleur to get you from A-B then this product will work great.

[Jun 24, 2015]
Miles Bradford
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Cheap. Made for the "NON"-cyclist who looks at their bicycle sit in the corner of the garage and never gets rode. Inexpensive way to buy a good looking but, non-functioning bicycle for the wife or single mom who rides only twice or three times a summer. Cheap buy for the overweight beer drinking non-exercising dote who gets his wife to ride that once or twice per summer.

Weakness:

Ghost jumping and even on smooth asphalt surfaces. Won't handle heavy pedalling at all. Will break ankles even with clips on shoes.

It will teach you to be able to quickly make necessary rear derailleur adjustments if you ride off road quite a bit as I do. The Altus rear derailleur seems to not have been created for off road at all. Since buying the bike new in 2010 I've worn out 3 sets of adjustment screws on the Altus rear derailleur. It has been a major teacher on gear adjustments for me. I now have a Ph.D in rear derailleur adjustments. It has always from new to now had a mid-gear jump (ghost changing) and now I cannot even keep it in adjustment at all. When I hit ruts or little ditches on the trail the chain jumps off the sprockets and it seems now no amount of adjustment keeps it on. I have just over 7,000km on it and although it has been forced to do the job, it has finally won. It's being replaced with a new cable and a Shimano Deore. I've just about broke my ankles several times because of chain jump offs and slips and last week was the last time for this Altus rear derailleur. I have found that the Altus 7/8 rear derailleur can be stepped upto a Deore 8/9. The Deore is made for mountain biking so I hope it will give me another 7,000km of riding and this time without continuous rear derailleur adjusting every or every other ride and banged up ankles. I would never buy another bicycle having an Altus rear derailleur setup. I would never accept a free bicycle using the Altus rear derailleur without first replacing it.

Similar Products Used:

Shimano's Deore XT Rear Derailleur

[Sep 30, 2014]
Atillahn
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Looks nice.

Weakness:

Bad shifts from day one on a Mid range Nashbar hard tail. Many years on road first MTB. Mostly off road. Missed low tension shifts when new. Adjusted and was OK for a few days. Them jumping back and forth on low tension shifts again. Kicked it and it shifted ok again. Weak springs ans sloppy bushings I suspect. Will upgrade to something else.

Weak springs ans sloppy bushings cause bad shifting when dirty or when it has not been adjusted every day.

[Sep 01, 2014]
Marcus

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Very good when new, I did on and off road riding with it no adjustment needed good shifts every time. Then my friend had my bike for over a year, he did the same with no problems.

Weakness:

When I got it back it wasn't quite as good and needed adjustment to make work good again, after a while (now 6 years old) it is unreliable even with adjustment I can't seem to get it quite right. I would say it is now worst than on a £65 Halfords bike that I had with more mileage under it's belt than this has.

Excellent for a cheapo unit when new but as bad as the cheapest available on the cheapest bikes once a few years have rolled by. A quality unit such as the one on my race bike which is XT spec has never been adjusted and never missed a gear, I bought that bike 2nd hand 10 years ago.

[Aug 03, 2013]
Loveriding

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

These came on my kids 29ers. We wanted something better than tourney and I stressed to the bike shop they had to be reasonably reliable and able to handle the trails in the mountains. They told me these would be ok. They have actually worked out pretty well. Wihile certainly no deore XT or SLX for that matter, they have performed admirably. My kids have gone some pretty good moderate level trails and they have worked reasonably well. No gains ripping just because or lackluster shifting. On the road no trouble at all. I could see upgrading them down the road but for now, we are satisfied with them.

Weakness:

Way better than shimano Tourney and other cheap products. Feels very similar to alivio and acera.

For kids that are really getting into mountain biking, these seem to fit the bill well before dropping hundreds of dollars on higher end stuff. They work well for helping kids grow and learn about shifting.

[Jun 23, 2013]
David

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

I bought this as a first mountain bike (had a Target mtn. bk) from a real cycling shop (life tune-ups), planning to do about 30% off-road and the rest on pavement. In the time I've had it, putting about 3,200 miles on it (one year), I've learned some of the nuances and the shifting has been smoother. On my recent tune-up, it appears the inexpensive derailleur is good for at least another 1,000. But I also clean it weekly.

Weakness:

Shifting difficulties from the beginning, which I had to learn how to handle the nuances. When I've cleaned the bike and it's tuned, the shifting is smooth, but even after a couple/three rides, you might have some troubles shifting. On the road, the rear derailleur will do well. Off road, the bumps create problems. Ghost shifting occurs when unexpected. This is a derailleur that, for the money, will take you from point A to point B. However, if you're looking for something that allows you to ride without thinking about babying the derailleur, this is not the one.

On the whole, it can work for me, as I've been more a road cycler than off, but when the time comes to replace, we'll go to something more substantial. Considering Deore.

[Apr 06, 2013]
Albert

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Cheap, very durable, reliable

Weakness:

Its branded Altus, not the sexiest beast on the road

I have an old Miele UA 150 that I've used as a commuted for 10 years. Its been all stock up until only fairly recently. I have personally put about 2000 km on city streets, initially on the knobby tires and only recently switched to road slicks. Its never been anything but smooth shifting. It has slipped from time to time, but so far, the drive train is still all original. Have wiped out hard a few times and despite a few scratches on the body, its been non worse for wear. Should be cleaned as often as anything else, but I'm very happy with its performance and how long its lasted to date.

[Sep 23, 2012]
Dan

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

It's cheap and pretty reliable as long as your not doing anything wild with it. Holds adjustment pretty well.

Weakness:

Shifts like garbage up hill and is on the poor quality side. Get what you pay for.

I got this derailleur on my first xc bike. It comes standard on a DB Response. Only issue I had with this item was that the bike techs at dick's had a hard time with adjusting it and it was a full cog off when I got it home. About 5 minutes of adjustments and it was fine. Never needed to adjust it again. The bike is gone forever and I have upgraded to XT components on my current ride since then but I still have this derailleur laying around in case I ever need it for some reason.

[Aug 02, 2012]
Andrew

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Well, it's cheap I guess

Weakness:

Can barely shift under a small load, very low quality, weak.

If you don't do any serious mountain biking this could work, but the shifting is more road worthy than MTB.

[Jun 08, 2012]
Caleb
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Good looking, shifts precisely and quickly

Weakness:

None

The Shimano ALTUS is a outstandIng Derailliur for everything to my concern I use It road biking, MTB and just to ride around town I have had it for a year and it hasn't needed adjustment it shifts quickly and precisely every time never skips a gear on the cog it is the same as my dad's Shimano Deore XT that came stock on his Marin Quad XC it shifts just as quickly, smoothly and precisely.

Similar Products Used:

Shimano Tourney, Deore

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