Shimano operated extensive changes over this range, radically improving its look, and giving up weight also. It’s easy to see the results, as the new Alivio range no longer has that dull entry-level look, but rather a mid-level one. One thing has not changed, and luckily this is the price! And this is good news for all cyclists.
First of all, the new Alivio front derailleur is 25 grams lighter. Nothing spectacular, it’s true, but each gram in minus has to be appreciated, as it is a progress, compared to the previous version.
Even if it is still noisy, the new Alivio is more silent than its predecessor. As for functioning, you will have to push more firmly on the 2 way release pads and shifting gets quicker. Not that quick as it higher specs Shimano siblings, but quite decent. Putting the chain on the outer chainring is the most difficult task for Alivio, but this happens for many derailleurs available on the market.
It can be bought with a 28.6, 31.8 or 34.9 hanger bolt, so you don’t have to worry about compatibility with your frame. Also, compared to its previous version, Shimano distanced the cage from the tire with 3 mm, it may not seem significant, but on a muddy track you will appreciate this extra clearance.
Adjustments can be made fast and easily, the derailleur is compatible with 9 speed cassettes and its materials are slightly better than its predecessor, even if Shimano hasn’t totally given up plastic yet.
The 2011 Alivio RD M430 front derailleur is indeed an evolution, compared to the old model. It is a good all rounder for XC, Marathon or Trail bikes, offered for a convenient price. Higher ranges products, such as Shimano Deore, SLX etc, offer more refined functioning, are slightly lighter and are made of materials that can satisfy any rider in search of quality components.
Weight: 165 grams