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Verdict: 
Useful emergency ride-saver if you snap your mech hanger out on the road
Weight: 
12g
Gearmechhanger D99 Universal Hanger
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Snapping your gear hanger off isn't a vanishingly rare occurrence, and it's one of those things that can pretty much end a ride. The Gearmech D99 is a simple and functional way to get you back in the saddle.

The D99 replaces the nut end of your quick-release skewer, and acts as both the clamping point for the skewer and a place to hang a mech from. Your mech won't be in the same place as it was before you snapped the hanger off; generally you'll find that it's a bit further out, and lower than before. That'll mean some fiddling with the cable to index the shifting, and also means shifts aren't as crisp as there's more space between the jockey wheels and the cassette.

What you're left with is a bike that works, though, even if not quite as well as before. I lost one sprocket from an 11-speed Shimano cassette and I had to work a bit harder with the shifting. But that's infinitely preferable to calling your spouse/parent/friend to pick you up from the arse end of nowhere, or shortening your chain and limping home in whatever gear works as a singlespeed.

It's not as good as carrying a spare hanger that's specifically for your bike, and I know people (people who have a habit of breaking mech hangers) who do precisely that. But assuming all your massive fleet of bikes have quick release wheels it's a handy thing to have in your emergency toolkit, and at 12g you're not going to notice it on the climbs. And if you're riding in a group, it could save the ride for one of your friends. Gearmechhanger also do one that doubles as a beer bottle opener for an extra four quid.

Verdict

Useful emergency ride-saver if you snap your mech hanger out on the road

road.cc test report

Make and model: Gearmech Hanger D99 Universal Hanger

Size tested: Blue

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Our D99 Emergency hanger , is a great little product to carry in your back pack / seat bag , for when you are out in a group of various makes of bikes , Ideal for any Cycle guides !

Fully CNC machined , this is a versatile little item , that is worth every penny , when you need it out on the trail ... Do not get stranded !

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
10/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Does a good job. Shifting and mech range isn't perfect but better than the alternative.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Easy to use, good for group rides.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Re-indexing gears, loss of range.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 41  Height: 190cm  Weight: 102kg

I usually ride: whatever I'm testing...  My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium 853

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

 

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

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SideBurn [890 posts] 1 year ago
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dafyddp wrote:

Seems a bit pointless - assuming you've got a spare link and a chain breaker anyway, wouldn't you just shorten the chain, and fix it on a middle gear to get home? Just seems like an extra thing to squeeze into the saddle bag

That is what we did in the 'good 'ol days' (yawn) but it does not work anymore with modern style dropouts. You should not need to spend too long squeezing a 12g piece of metal into a saddle bag  4

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arrieredupeleton [574 posts] 1 year ago
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When does the Vuelta start? Bored now.  4

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KiwiMike [1074 posts] 1 year ago
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farrell wrote:

...none of the items you've listed are designed to break whereas a hanger is.

We are talking about carrying spares to save you a long walk or expensive taxi ride in the event of a mechanical failure.

In that regard, whether the part was designed to be sacrificial or not is irrelevant.

If you apply the logic that the hanger *might* break therefore you need to carry a spare, then the same logic dictates you should also carry spares for everything else that *might* break.

Back in the day I used to carry a spare SPD cleat, plate and bolts, having had one strip its threads in the middle of an 80km all-day backcountry epic resulting in a very gingerly ride home with one plastic-soled-foot slipping off a very ungrippy pedal.

Therefore, I insist it is foolish to not carry a complete spare shoe on all rides longer than an hour  3

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andybwhite [248 posts] 1 year ago
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I have always found cassettes to be a common failure item. Therefore...

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andybwhite [248 posts] 1 year ago
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I have always found cassettes to be a common failure item. Therefore...

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SideBurn [890 posts] 1 year ago
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This was not uncommon andybwhite; people used to ride to races carrying their racing wheels . I remember seeing people with aluminium brackets either side of the front hub and their racing wheels attached. Having them dangling from the bars is the low cost/high risk option.
Many years ago we had a riders block (the old style) fall apart. We were in the middle of nowhere, we needed grease and tools. No mobiles then. We pushed him to the first house and got some lard and a screwdriver! We succeeded in re-assembly but the lard was too cold and the block still did not work  20 we took it in turns to pee on the block, warmed it up, happy days  16 No need for spare wheels  4
According to him it was still working weeks later... it would not work these days of course, because few people buy lard....

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andybwhite [248 posts] 1 year ago
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SideBurn wrote:

This was not uncommon andybwhite;....

I know - I used to do it myself.

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