6800 front shifter broke or not?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by oldgreyandslow, 29 Jun 2018.

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  1. oldgreyandslow

    oldgreyandslow Über Member

    Location:
    Farnborough
    After a bit of advice please: The cable broke right at the lever on the left shifter while I was out last weekend, not great. I took the lever off and had a real hard time getting the old cable out, then end had turned in the lever and I had to take covers off etc.
    Having removed it I tried checking the operation and I'm not sure if the levers broke, hence the request.
    Clicking the small lever many times is OK, but when I operate the large lever it only gets one click/movement and with the trim function I would have expected 3.
    Is that correct and is my shifter probably toast?
    Thanks for any feedback
     
  2. iluvmybike

    iluvmybike Well-Known Member

    Check that there are not any fragments of wire left in the mechanism - there are often bits in there when they break there. Careful fishing out required,
     
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    oldgreyandslow

    oldgreyandslow Über Member

    Location:
    Farnborough
    Found part of the downshift mechanism is actually broken not the upshift as I'd thought, its sheared through, Very poor build quality if it can't tolerate a broken cable. No doubt caused by me continuing to try to shift when the cable broke as I didn't realise it at the time. I'd love to change to Di2 but can't justify £800, so I'll have to spend £110 on a new shifter. I only need to have another 7 break and I'd have paid for the Di2 gear upgrade !
     
  4. iluvmybike

    iluvmybike Well-Known Member

    I find it is is best to change cables every 12 months or so - the way they run round the ratchet means they nearly always break there and yes if you continue to operate the lever it can be a beggar of a job sorting it and it does risk damage on occasions. For what they cost it is way cheaper than a new shifter. Think you were a bit unlucky there :sad:
     
  5. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Guru

    Location:
    Mars
    Dual Control shifters are the Devil's spawn
     
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