Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 13 of 13
  1. #1
    Cyclocross - Go anywhere! sd_mike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    My Bikes
    2011 Fuji Cross 2.0, 2008 Fuji Cross Comp
    Posts
    405
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Shimano 333 shifter problem

    I'm having some problems with an old Shimano 333 shifter. The hub does shift gears, but the shifter (or maybe the hub) does not hold in gear. For those that know about these things, what do I need to look for to find out why it isn't holding. The shifter is a lever type on the handlebar. I'll supply photos or anything else that is needed, if necessary.
    Finally riding again after my accident in Dec 2011.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Springfield, Il
    My Bikes
    Mercian, (KOM),Waterford Paramount,Schwinn tempo,Pretenamount ss,Custom Kirk, Reserectio and many more.
    Posts
    71
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Those shifters and hubs are pretty tough and reliable. The problem could be a missing ball bearing that serves as a detent in the shifter it self. This is a common issue with these shifters. When the shifter is taken apart, or falls apart, that bearing falls out and rolls under the bench. As I recall...a 1/4" bearing is used. You will see where it goes when you open up the shifter. I hope that helps.

  3. #3
    Cyclocross - Go anywhere! sd_mike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    My Bikes
    2011 Fuji Cross 2.0, 2008 Fuji Cross Comp
    Posts
    405
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I see where it goes. I'll find a replacement. It helps a lot.
    Finally riding again after my accident in Dec 2011.

  4. #4
    Cyclocross - Go anywhere! sd_mike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    My Bikes
    2011 Fuji Cross 2.0, 2008 Fuji Cross Comp
    Posts
    405
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Got the bearing, fiddled with it a little bit, now it shifts and holds. I now need to adjust it, but it works! Thank you again!
    Last edited by sd_mike; 01-15-10 at 08:24 PM.
    Finally riding again after my accident in Dec 2011.

  5. #5
    Great State of Varmint Panthers007's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Dante's Third Ring
    Posts
    7,481
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Good luck finding replacement shifter. I had a Dicken's of a time locating one - only after I swapped out the Shimano 333 for a SA. And I located the shifter by an utter stroke of fortune.
    How do you keep an idiot in suspense?

  6. #6
    Cyclocross - Go anywhere! sd_mike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    My Bikes
    2011 Fuji Cross 2.0, 2008 Fuji Cross Comp
    Posts
    405
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    No need for a replacement. I need adjustment now. Shifter works fine.
    Finally riding again after my accident in Dec 2011.

  7. #7
    Call me The Breeze I_bRAD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Corbyville Ontario
    My Bikes
    2004 Litespeed Siena, 1996 Litespeed Obed, 1992 Miele (unknown model), 1982 Meile Uno LS.
    Posts
    3,699
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It's actually supposed to be a 3/16" bearing FWIW.

    Also Panthers, you can buy new sturmey shifters. I have a bunch of them!

  8. #8
    Great State of Varmint Panthers007's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Dante's Third Ring
    Posts
    7,481
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by I_bRAD View Post
    It's actually supposed to be a 3/16" bearing FWIW.

    Also Panthers, you can buy new sturmey shifters. I have a bunch of them!
    Read again - I'm talking about the old Shimano shifters that work with their old 333 3-speed hub. I, too, have a couple SA shifters.
    How do you keep an idiot in suspense?

  9. #9
    Call me The Breeze I_bRAD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Corbyville Ontario
    My Bikes
    2004 Litespeed Siena, 1996 Litespeed Obed, 1992 Miele (unknown model), 1982 Meile Uno LS.
    Posts
    3,699
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Ah. Yeah, I always keep them when I come across them just for that reason. I've been told that a new shimano three speed shifter will work with the old hubs, but I've never tried it myself.

  10. #10
    Great State of Varmint Panthers007's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Dante's Third Ring
    Posts
    7,481
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I believe the older Shimano was a 1.5:1 pull ratio. Whereas the SA is, and has been, a 1:1 pull ratio. If the newer Shimano (I haven't seen one yet either) is the same as the old - it should work. Only way to find out is to wait for someone to pull-the-trigger.
    How do you keep an idiot in suspense?

  11. #11
    Call me The Breeze I_bRAD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Corbyville Ontario
    My Bikes
    2004 Litespeed Siena, 1996 Litespeed Obed, 1992 Miele (unknown model), 1982 Meile Uno LS.
    Posts
    3,699
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a bike with a nexus 3 speed, but I don't have an old shimano 3 sp hub to try it out on.

  12. #12
    Great State of Varmint Panthers007's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Dante's Third Ring
    Posts
    7,481
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have the old 333 Shimano hub - in working condition. But the government would think we were shipping bombs across the border!
    How do you keep an idiot in suspense?

  13. #13
    Call me The Breeze I_bRAD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Corbyville Ontario
    My Bikes
    2004 Litespeed Siena, 1996 Litespeed Obed, 1992 Miele (unknown model), 1982 Meile Uno LS.
    Posts
    3,699
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If I had one in the shop now, while I've got time to mess around, then I might consider trying it. I don't think I do though. If I come across one I might just have to give it a go!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •