Friction in rear shifter...what to fix?
Could you please help me.
I have a Garry Fisher Marlin with a Shimano Acera shifter and the Alivio rear derailleur. There is a LOT of friction for shifting down (shifting from "high gear" to "low gear") on the rear gear set and I having a lot of trouble diagnosing it. When I removed the chain and disconnected the cable, the neither the derailleur or the shifter seemed to have any friction. However, when the cable is connected, there is friction even without the chain. Trail riding (or anything when you're trying to get from high to low quickly) really sucks when you can't shift and just about break the lever trying to do so. Buying a new derailleur and shifter is not out of the question--whatever it takes to keep the bike moving. It's, of course, much better to be able to fix something--lube or whatever.
Thank you a whole lot for the help guys.