Ultegra rear shifter problem

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  1. Jim

    Jim Guest

    Hi,

    When I have been riding on the flats in the same gear for awhile and then need to shift to an easier
    gear, sometimes the lever won't shift. It is flapping in the breeze, doing nothing. The lever moves
    ok, but it feels real loose and no shift occurs.

    If I keep trying to shift and maybe play with the little lever some also, eventually I can get it to
    work and then it's ok for awhile.

    However, once I'm in the same gear for awhile it's the same problem again.

    I was thinking of just squirting WD40 into the shifter and if it didn't get any better to replace it
    with a new DA shifter and DA rear derailur. But I don't want to do this unless I have to.

    The cable seems fine, I'm assuming the shifter is the problem, I could be wrong. Any suggestions?

    Thanks, - Jim Strunk
     
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  2. Mike S.

    Mike S. Guest

    "Jim" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Hi,
    >
    > When I have been riding on the flats in the same gear for awhile and then need to shift to an
    > easier gear, sometimes the lever won't shift. It is flapping in the breeze, doing nothing. The
    > lever moves ok, but it feels real loose and no shift occurs.
    >
    > If I keep trying to shift and maybe play with the little lever some also, eventually I can get it
    > to work and then it's ok for awhile.
    >
    > However, once I'm in the same gear for awhile it's the same problem again.
    >
    > I was thinking of just squirting WD40 into the shifter and if it didn't get any better to replace
    > it with a new DA shifter and DA rear derailur. But I don't want to do this unless I have to.
    >
    > The cable seems fine, I'm assuming the shifter is the problem, I could be wrong. Any suggestions?
    >
    > Thanks, - Jim Strunk
    >
    I have a pair of 105 levers on my 'cross bike that do the same thing, so I'm looking at the answers
    here for what to do.

    The good news is that if you're running 9sp STI, you won't have to replace your r.der. with the new
    D/A shifters.

    Mike
     
  3. Jon Isaacs

    Jon Isaacs Guest

    >I was thinking of just squirting WD40 into the shifter and if it didn't get any better to replace
    >it with a new DA shifter and DA rear derailur. But I don't want to do this unless I have to.
    >

    Besides working over the cables and making sure all is properly adjusted, a big bath with WD-40 is
    likely to do the trick.

    Especially if the bike has been idle over the winter, shooting the innards full of WD-40 most often
    does the trick.

    jon isaacs
     
  4. knurts-<< When I have been riding on the flats in the same gear for awhile and then need to shift to
    an easier gear, sometimes the lever won't shift. It is flapping in the breeze, doing nothing. The
    lever moves ok, but it feels real loose and no shift occurs.

    << I was thinking of just squirting WD40 into the shifter and if it didn't get any better to replace
    it with a new DA shifter and DA rear derailur. But I don't want to do this unless I have to.

    Don't need a DA rear der...or save some money and switch to Campagnolo ERGO 9s and rear der-cheaper
    and rebuildable levers-

    Peter Chisholm Vecchio's Bicicletteria 1833 Pearl St. Boulder, CO, 80302
    (303)440-3535 http://www.vecchios.com "Ruote convenzionali costruite eccezionalmente bene"
     
  5. Jim wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > When I have been riding on the flats in the same gear for awhile and then need to shift to an
    > easier gear, sometimes the lever won't shift. It is flapping in the breeze, doing nothing. The
    > lever moves ok, but it feels real loose and no shift occurs.
    >
    > If I keep trying to shift and maybe play with the little lever some also, eventually I can get it
    > to work and then it's ok for awhile.
    >
    > However, once I'm in the same gear for awhile it's the same problem again.
    >
    > I was thinking of just squirting WD40 into the shifter and if it didn't get any better to replace
    > it with a new DA shifter and DA rear derailur. But I don't want to do this unless I have to.
    >
    > The cable seems fine, I'm assuming the shifter is the problem, I could be wrong. Any suggestions?
    >
    > Thanks, - Jim Strunk

    I have something of the opposite problem. Sometimes when shifting down on my front derailleur it
    feels like the shifter is stuck and it won't move at all. I'll click around on it from different
    directions for a while and suddenly it gets unstuck and snaps on over. Of course the same reaction
    if I'm just trying to trim. Often the trim will then result in a shift since it seems to move all
    the way over when it suddenly disengages.

    --
    Perre

    Remove and/or replace the DOTs as needed to reply
     
  6. Jim

    Jim Guest

    Peter,

    So I can run a new 9 speed DA rear brake/shifter lever with the ultegra 9 speed rear derailer I
    already have on the bike?

    - Jim

    Qui si parla Campagnolo wrote:
    > knurts-<< When I have been riding on the flats in the same gear for awhile and then need to shift
    > to an easier gear, sometimes the lever won't shift. It is flapping in the breeze, doing nothing.
    > The lever moves ok, but it feels real loose and no shift occurs.
    >
    >
    > << I was thinking of just squirting WD40 into the shifter and if it didn't get any better to
    > replace it with a new DA shifter and DA rear derailur. But I don't want to do this unless I
    > have to.
    >
    > Don't need a DA rear der...or save some money and switch to Campagnolo ERGO 9s and rear
    > der-cheaper and rebuildable levers-
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > Peter Chisholm Vecchio's Bicicletteria 1833 Pearl St. Boulder, CO, 80302
    > (303)440-3535 http://www.vecchios.com "Ruote convenzionali costruite eccezionalmente bene"
     
  7. perdot-<< Sometimes when shifting down on my front derailleur it feels like the shifter is stuck and
    it won't move at all. I'll click around on it from different directions for a while and suddenly it
    gets unstuck

    More common failure mode for ultegra and DA levers...WD-40(sti repair kit) may help..otherwise
    warranty(2 years for ultegra/3 years for DA) or replace-

    Peter Chisholm Vecchio's Bicicletteria 1833 Pearl St. Boulder, CO, 80302
    (303)440-3535 http://www.vecchios.com "Ruote convenzionali costruite eccezionalmente bene"
     
  8. Paul J Pharr

    Paul J Pharr Guest

    LOL @sti repair kit
    >
    > More common failure mode for ultegra and DA levers...WD-40(sti repair kit)
    may
    > help..otherwise warranty(2 years for ultegra/3 years for DA) or replace-
    >
    >
    > Peter Chisholm Vecchio's Bicicletteria 1833 Pearl St. Boulder, CO, 80302
    > (303)440-3535 http://www.vecchios.com "Ruote convenzionali costruite eccezionalmente bene"
     
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