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    Rockhopper- gear shift problem(shimano)

    Hi, can anyone help me with my problem?
    I have a Specialized Rockhopper, quite an old one, at least 8 yrs old, and the crank gear won't select anything other, than the smallest cog. The deraileur moves when the lever is depressed, but returns to its first position. I guess what I'm asking is how can it be adjusted to allow the movement to select either of the three cogs and stay where I want it..??
    The name of the gears on the bike is, Shimano total intergration Exage 500 GX..???

    Please excuse my 'Blondeness' when it comes to the correct terminology, but I'm new to cycling again and its been a very very long time, since I was a kid that used to ride every day..

    Kind regards

    Ged..

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    It sounds like your deraileur is fine, and the shifter is busted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilsGT2
    It sounds like your deraileur is fine, and the shifter is busted.
    +1. The shifter is supposed to have some detents that hold the gear in place but your's don't seem to be working. You can try shooting some WD40 into the shifter to see if that fill free up the detents but you probably need a new shifter.

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    In the case your RockHopper is an 86 (it would be RED or BLUE), it would be equipped with friction shifters.
    IF so, there is a little "D" ring on the top center you can tighten to increase the friction.
    Are the shifter bodies real nice heavy, shiny aluminum?

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    Hi, I've no idea of exact age of the bike. The gear and brake levers are black painted and marked 'STI'. They are a 7 speed rear and 3 speed front. I know thats not much help, but there doesn't seem to be any other markings. Do you think I should take them apart, or will they kind of spring apart like an old watch?? Oh, they have an allen key screw on the top to dismantle. Thats about it as far as a discription goes I'm afraid..

    Thanks for your advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by gedk66
    They are a 7 speed rear and 3 speed front. I know thats not much help, but there doesn't seem to be any other markings. Do you think I should take them apart, or will they kind of spring apart like an old watch??
    Do they have 2 parallel thumb buttons to push or one thumb button and one trigger? You can try taking them apart if you want. It doesn't work now so you've nothing to lose. I wouldn't bet the rent money on getting them back together and functioning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
    Do they have 2 parallel thumb buttons to push or one thumb button and one trigger? You can try taking them apart if you want. It doesn't work now so you've nothing to lose. I wouldn't bet the rent money on getting them back together and functioning.
    They have two buttons, one that takes the deraileur one way and one for the opposite..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
    +1. The shifter is supposed to have some detents that hold the gear in place but your's don't seem to be working. You can try shooting some WD40 into the shifter to see if that fill free up the detents but you probably need a new shifter.

    ++ try this, it will almost certainly solve your problem.

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    Ditto about flushing it with solvent.
    Flush, let it sit a few minutes and then SLOWLY push the lever all the way and SLOWLY let it return. Do this back & forth for a couple minutes.
    Repeat the procedure.
    If it doesn't do it after about 4-5 repititions, buy a new shifter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun
    Ditto about flushing it with solvent.
    Flush, let it sit a few minutes and then SLOWLY push the lever all the way and SLOWLY let it return. Do this back & forth for a couple minutes.
    Repeat the procedure.
    If it doesn't do it after about 4-5 repititions, buy a new shifter.
    Hi, thanks for all the suggesstions. I tried the WD40 but alas, its a dead-un..I'll be off to the shops today to get a replacement..

    Rgds

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