Join Date: May 2003
Location: Mountain Brook. AL
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Shimano does not sell repair parts for brifters, so the only way to get parts is to cannibalize
another brifter. The mechanical complexity of Shimano brifters is enough to make further
disassembly inadvisable as rebuilding requires well above average skills even if you found
some repair parts. Campy brifters are simpler, more robust and repair parts are available.
No word yet on SRAM.
FWIW it is unusual for the FD brifter to malfunction, the RD brifter much more
commonly fails, so in theory there are probably a lot of left over functional FD
brifters floating around rendered worthless by a broker RD brifter I have four
of them, 1 8 spd and 3 9spd. Not offered for sale just a comment on how many
Shimano brifter sets I have gone through in 35kmi of riding on brifters.
Last edited by sch; 03-25-07 at 05:17 PM.