Shimano STI shift lever broken

sargan

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I have a 21 speed Mountain Bike .. certainly not new, but does for me.
It has Shimano combined brake & gear shift – I can find no model number on it, only the STI sticker.
Picture attached – front derailleur shift has failed and I need to replace – is this style still available, in which case I only need to change the one side.

If not available, any particular shift I should consider ...... gear set is probably now thought of as ancient, was top spec at the time ..... both Front & Rear derailleur are Shimano Exage 500 LX
So something that matches .. no point in over-specifying shift levers.
 

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fossyant

Ride It Like You Stole It!
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Get on ebay. They are probably nearer 28-30 years old. Almost identical to my Deore LX levers but you have metal brake levers, mine are resin.

Often see them on ebay.
 
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sargan

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You are right ... I thought it was just Shimano tag ... but on close inspection says M050 L
Bike is a Muddy Fox from 1989 .... until this broke, does all I need it to do.

If I can't find a replacement ..... what would you suggest I use with the Exage 500 LX derailleurs
 
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sargan

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eBay prices are very high .... so welcome suggestion on what I can replace both sets with, 3 x 7 speed and cantilever brakes
 

C R

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Spiderweb

Not So Special One
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North Yorkshire
Those are for V brakes, though, OP has cantis. Some of the models have an adjustment for either Vs or cantilever, but I don't think those can be adjusted.
Ah, your knowledge is greater than mine, I was aware each were listed for V Brakes but presumed the pull would be similar and ok for cantis too.
 

C R

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Ah, your knowledge is greater than mine, I was aware each were listed for V Brakes but presumed the pull would be similar and ok for cantis too.
I went through this when I fixed up my commuter, ended up converting to Vs from cantis because it was easier to find levers for Vs. I think the brakes might work after a fashion, but I wouldn't risk it.
 

C R

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On the Shimano ST-EF41 it says for 'V brakes' my bike does not have these- it has Cantilever brakes doe that rule them out ?
Check the EF51 from my link above, those can be configured to work with cantis. Alternatively you could fit Vs, which are easier to set up anyway.
 
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sargan

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Sorry had missed the link .....read the reviews of that Amazon one - shoicking, its a Chinese copy ... not genuine Shimano. If I can find ST-EF51 that will work with cantilever brakes I will buy then ,,,,,, any sugestion for source ?
 
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