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    Portland, OR i_r_beej's Avatar
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    105 STI lever torqued to outboard side

    Hey all,

    Last week i managed to torque an 105 STI lever during a minor crash into mud/dirt. The lever itself shows no overt signs of damage and still functions properly.

    I can grab it and rotate the lever a few degrees outboard. Grasping the top of the lever (where the shift cable exits inboard) i can rotate the lever back to its normal position.

    So now there's a few degrees of play in the lever. I haven't disassembled the lever at all and i can't see anything that appears to be broken inside (by depressing the lever towards the handlebar).

    This is my first experience with STI levers (i'm so old-skool).

    Can anyone here clue me in as to what's happened?

    Thanks.
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    You have to disattach the cable from the brake anchor and pull the brake lever into "braked" position. Then look through the hole exposed at the top of the brake lever, you should see an allen bolt and you use to cinch the lever to the bar. You just need to get a wrench on it and tighten it.

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    Portland, OR i_r_beej's Avatar
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    Thanks for the reply-- but the lever perch isn't loose. It's still firmly attached to the handlebar.

    The issue is that the lever itself now has some play in it that allows it to rotate to the outboard side.
    Despite the fact that I constantly recommend Kool-Stop brake pads-- no, I don't work for Kool-Stop. (Although their factory is just a few blocks from my house!)

    I ride drop bars off-road. (The excellent On-One "Midge.")

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    There is an bolt on the side of the shifter (just lift the rubber hood a bit and you can see it). Just position the lever and give it a few turns to tighten it back up. STI levers are often left bit loose so that in the case of a crash (like yours), the levers turn and not snap.

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    Portland, OR i_r_beej's Avatar
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    No no... the lever perch is firmly clamped to the handlebar.

    You know how you push the lever (the big one/braking lever) inboard to downshift? Well, imagine pulling the lever in the exact OPPOSITE direction. The lever wasn't really designed to do this. But mine now does.
    Despite the fact that I constantly recommend Kool-Stop brake pads-- no, I don't work for Kool-Stop. (Although their factory is just a few blocks from my house!)

    I ride drop bars off-road. (The excellent On-One "Midge.")

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    sounds like an issue to take up with your LBS, as far as I know Shimano brifters are not user serviceable.
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    Oh, I misunderstood you. It is broken, more than likely. Be prepared to buy a new lever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by i_r_beej
    No no... the lever perch is firmly clamped to the handlebar.

    You know how you push the lever (the big one/braking lever) inboard to downshift? Well, imagine pulling the lever in the exact OPPOSITE direction. The lever wasn't really designed to do this. But mine now does.
    Are you sure it didnt do that before the crash and your only noticing it now that your adjusting it? If your lever functions as normal dont bother bringing it into your LBS. What exactly will they tell you?

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