Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Catrike 559, Merin Bear Valley (beater bike).
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The first thing to do is to make sure that your shifter is in the smallest sprocket position. I usually cycle the fore finger lever a bunch of times until it stops doing anything.
Now look at how the cable exits the shifter. Imagine an arrow running all the way through the shifter. Look on the other side where the arrow would exit. You may be able to see the cable end through a little hole or, with XT shifters, you'll probably see a little plastic screw. Undo the screw and your cable should push right out.
Un - don't try to do this on grass or you'll never be able to find that little cap screw.