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Old 02-18-06, 01:06 PM   #1
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Ultegra STI shifters/brakes removable from handlebars

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I am switching my stem and handlebars to something lighter - I've got the torque specs and feel comfortable there. The bike has Ultegra STI 10 speed shifters/brake levers - after removing the tape and peeling back the hoods I see that an aluminum clamp is attaching/holding the shifters to the bar. What I can't see is how is this clamp loosened or tightened. Any tips? Also when attaching the shifters to the new bar, any tightening guidance to make sure I don't under/over tighten? I looked at the Shimano site - didn't see anything (not that it's not there). Any links to diagrams?

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peel back the outside edge of the hoods, you should see a hex bolt. at least that is the way they were on a pair of my STIs.
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Hi,

I am switching my stem and handlebars to something lighter - I've got the torque specs and feel comfortable there. The bike has Ultegra STI 10 speed shifters/brake levers - after removing the tape and peeling back the hoods I see that an aluminum clamp is attaching/holding the shifters to the bar. What I can't see is how is this clamp loosened or tightened. Any tips? Also when attaching the shifters to the new bar, any tightening guidance to make sure I don't under/over tighten? I looked at the Shimano site - didn't see anything (not that it's not there). Any links to diagrams?
If you pull away the top edge of the hood on the outer side of the brifter you will see a little groove. That groove leads to a 5mm allen screw that tightens/loosens the handlebar clamp. Reinstall them just tightly enough that they won't move during normal riding. If you crash you want them to give a little so that they'll rotate on the bar rather than breaking.
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If you pull away the top edge of the hood on the outer side of the brifter you will see a little groove. That groove leads to a 5mm allen screw that tightens/loosens the handlebar clamp. Reinstall them just tightly enough that they won't move during normal riding. If you crash you want them to give a little so that they'll rotate on the bar rather than breaking.
I initially did this with my 10s brifters but then I found that I was pulling them round on steep climbs. Now I just tighten them up fully. Just have to remember to grab the tops when I'm about to crash!!!

The allen bolt is a great design, I think, though. It's very well hidden (OP found this out well!) and easy to adjust even with standard L-shaped allen keys.
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