Wolf Tooth Components RoadLink For Shimano Wide Range Road Configuration

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The Wolf Tooth RoadLink is a simple device that offsets the position of your Shimano road derailleur to make it possible to run a wide-range mountain bike style cassette.  It is an ideal solution for riders looking to convert their road, gravel, cyclocross, or commuter Shimano drivetrain bike to attain the simplicity and reduced weight of a single front chainring...and without giving up the gear range of a double.  It is also great for riders with double chainring bikes that want lower gearing for those ultra steep climbs.

The RoadLink is optimized for use with ten or eleven-speed 11-36t and 11-40t cassettes and works great with Wolf Tooth’s 40-tooth Giant Cogs and Drop-Stop chainrings.  The Roadlink installs in minutes, is compatible with Shimano ten- or eleven-speed road derailleurs and shifters, and can be used with single or double chainrings.  Here is a list of recommended applications:

Single Chainring:
  • Road
  • Cyclocross
  • Commuting
  • Drop-bar mountain
Double Chainring:
  • Road
  • Touring
  • Drop-bar mountain

Compatibility:

10s Cassette Compatibility:
11-32:
Not Required (GS medium cage rear derailleur works)
11-34: Single or Double Chainring
11-36: Single or Double Chainring
11-40: Single or Double Chainring (front rings can be no more than 14 teeth different e.g. 48-34)
11-42: Not Supported
11s Cassette Compatibility:
11-32: Not Required (GS medium cage rear derailleur works)
11-36: Single or Double Chainring
11-40: Single or Double Chainring (front rings can be no more than 14 teeth different e.g. 48-34)
11-42: Not Supported
10-42: Not Supported
  • The RoadLink is compatible with ten- and eleven-speed Shimano road derailleurs and shifters.
  • The RoadLink mounts only to standard derailleur hangers.
  • The RoadLink is optimized for the 10 and 11 speed Shimano road derailleur geometry.  That's not to say that it won't work with 9 speed, SRAM and Campy derailleurs (it works well with these actually!!), but a truly optimal solution would almost certainly place the derailleur in a slighly different spot.  
  • SRAMs Exact Actuation road shifters (10s and 11s) are interchangeable with their Exact Actuation mountain derailleurs- which can easily handle a 36 or 40 (and, for one-by, are available with a clutch)- and the CX1 will go even bigger with a single 'ring.  If you already have SRAM, they also make nice front brake-only levers that match their rear shifters too.
  • Double chainrings are only supported with GS (medium cage) rear derailleurs
  • Triple chainrings are not supported (medium cage rear derailleurs cannot accommodate that big of a change)
  • Direct Mount-native frames are not supported.
  • Due to the lack of a clutch mechanism on Shimano road derailleurs, secondary chain retention (front derailleur or chain device) may be needed, especially for rough- or off-road use.
  • Due to variations in derailleur hanger geometry, chainstay length, chainring size, B-screw adjustment, and suspension configuration, individual results will vary.
  • This 7.9mm max dimension is controlled by the Shimano spec, but a few derailleur hangers don't meet the spec. You can file a bit of the bottom "tang" of those derailleur hangers to install the RoadLink


This product was added to our catalog on March 23, 2016.