Bicycle Mechanics - XT shifter help!
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07-10-08, 06:23 AM
Hey im servicing a friends bike (for money of course) i work in a bike shop and assemble so i know what to do...
But the cable is so badly frayed that it needs replacing the shifters are XT (8 speed) it a normal unit, yet i cant see how to remove/ install a new cable... I have tried removing the screws around it, yet im hesitant to fiddle too much and screw up the whole shifter, can somebody please explain what to do?
thankyou very much :)
07-10-08, 06:40 AM
I believe you remove the screw just above the thumb shifter lever which will access the cable end. Could be wrong tho.
07-10-08, 06:53 AM
The first thing to do is to make sure that your shifter is in the smallest sprocket position. I usually cycle the fore finger lever a bunch of times until it stops doing anything.
Now look at how the cable exits the shifter. Imagine an arrow running all the way through the shifter. Look on the other side where the arrow would exit. You may be able to see the cable end through a little hole or, with XT shifters, you'll probably see a little plastic screw. Undo the screw and your cable should push right out.
Un - don't try to do this on grass or you'll never be able to find that little cap screw.
07-10-08, 09:22 AM
you guys are referring to the 9 speed XT... 8 speed u need to remove the top cove with the 3 little screws.. and thread the cable out
07-10-08, 07:23 PM
What is the screw head for on my 8-speed XT shifters for then?
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