Bicycle Mechanics - Left ergopower problem
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I have a very annoying problem with my left ergopower lever
When I push the thumb button to downshift everything is fine, but next time I want to shift into the big ring, the shift paddle moves freely without engaging the ratchet mechanism. I have found, that if I push the shift paddle hard to the left first, it works. It is an all new build - old type Centaur levers.
Anybody know how to fix this?
06-16-09, 07:52 AM
Be sure that it's not something as simple as a very loose shift cable. The cable should still be tight with the thumb button pushed all the way down, so the chain is in the little ring. The first click of the finger lever should cause the FD cage to move to the right, by a small amount.
06-16-09, 08:00 AM
I don't know what the solution is yet, but I've recently started to have the exact same problem with my Veloce shifter for the front.
Ergo levers wrap the cable around a real small drum, which work hardens the cable and eventually frays it. Most of the Ergo problems I've had were solved by replacing the cables.
06-16-09, 08:38 AM
The solution depends on whether your shifters are '07-'08 escape models (Centaur and lower levels) or the traditional mechanism used for all other years and models.
There are only a few common problems with the later - broken g-spring or g-spring retainer. The indexing gear can also become worn, but usually only the right side suffers this problem, since it gets lot more use.
If the shifters are the escape model, I've got no clue. I avoided using those.
06-16-09, 09:53 AM
Mine are 1998 Veloce triple. I've been meaning to bring the bike in to have both of them overhauled anyway... too busy riding the bike. First time I've had a problem with them in 11 years.
06-16-09, 10:06 AM
Heh, heh, heh.
If it was an STI I know what kind of answer some smarty pants Campyphile would give but I'm way too classy for that.
Mine are 2006ish non-escape. Both lever and cable are new. The cable is not slack.
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