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Suntour barend shifter help please...
So, I've just installed some old Suntour barend shifters on a Nishiki International. Front derailleur is old Shimano 600 "Arabesque" and rear derailleur is Suntour Cyclone Mk.II. Shifting up seems to be very stiff on both levers - i.e. - pulling cable, in the non-ratchet direction. I've tried adjusting the friction on the side of the shifters, but to no avail. If they're too loose, they don't hold their position. If I tighten them up to where they will hold the position, the shifting is too stiff.
Does the type of housing make much of a difference with these shifters? I thought that any housing - i.e. - brake or shifter - could be used for friction shifters. I've used brake housing in the past with Suntour Power Ratchet shifters with no problems, but for some reason or another this setup isn't working too well. I made sure that there were no sharp bends in the routing of the cables.
Also, I used step down ferrules in the cable holes on the shifters. They don't fit absolutely snug in the holes, but they at least provide an end for the housing.
Any ideas folks?
Last edited by Antipodes; 05-27-07 at 02:09 PM.