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    Most durable integrated brake/shifter

    It is starting to look like my husband's brake/shifter lever is not going to go back together. We will be taking it into Lima tomorrow to see if we can find someone to fix it, but we have our doubts. I'm not sure what our options will be if we have to buy a new one, but which ones should we avoid? Which ones tend to be the longest lasting? Thanks for your input!
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    you can't take apart shimano levers.
    you can take apart campagnolo levers.
    I don't know if you can take apart SRAM levers.

    they all last about the same depending on price, but campy is serviceable.
    by price, I mean lower end doesn't last as long as higher end.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    Be prepared for some serious sticker shock when you get to the bike shop... You'll find much better deals on the 'net. Follow up your original post with information on the manufacturer / model / # of "speeds" for your broken components and we can steer you to some savings.

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    The most durable ones are the ones you dont crash on.

    You can probably fix it yourself. Flush it out with with some type of solvent. Some people like WD40, I use brake cleaner. After you lfuch it out lub it up and run in through the gears for awhile. Then flush it out again and lub it up again. DO NOT use any type pf wax lube or dry lube. A light lube like Tri-Flow works well.

    So what, you can take apart Campy Ergo levers. What difference doesnt make if your dealer in BFE doesnt have parts or knowledge to fix it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miamijim View Post
    So what, you can take apart Campy Ergo levers. What difference doesnt make if your dealer in BFE doesnt have parts or knowledge to fix it?
    I order parts from any of several online dealers and do the repair myself. It's not that hard. With the new Campy ultrashift levers, there are fewer parts to wear out and any repair needed is a lot easier. I've even converted 10 speed shifters to 11 speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AEO View Post
    they all last about the same depending on price, but campy is serviceable.
    by price, I mean lower end doesn't last as long as higher end.
    Evidence for this statement (excluding department store junk)?

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    In retrospect, we should have tried just flushing it out really well with a light oil as suggested above and seen if that would work. However, we got a rebuild kit and tried rebuilding it - but it just doesn't want to go back together. I came up to Lima (Peru) today to see if I could find someone here who knows how to do it, but I don't have terribly high hopes. We don't want to order something as the shipping to Peru and the customs tax would up the price terribly - we're better off buying something available here.

    Right now I am waiting for the mechanic to look at it and see if he can fix it. If not, I'll head over to the bike market to see what else I can find.

    thanks all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by joejack951 View Post
    Evidence for this statement (excluding department store junk)?
    cheaper equipment: more plastic (and not the good kind), less stainless steel, less precision, poorer seals, lower grade metals... etc.
    sora STI levers just don't seem to last as long as 105/ultegra.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by nancy sv View Post
    In retrospect, we should have tried just flushing it out really well with a light oil as suggested above and seen if that would work. However, we got a rebuild kit and tried rebuilding it - but it just doesn't want to go back together. I came up to Lima (Peru) today to see if I could find someone here who knows how to do it, but I don't have terribly high hopes. We don't want to order something as the shipping to Peru and the customs tax would up the price terribly - we're better off buying something available here.

    Right now I am waiting for the mechanic to look at it and see if he can fix it. If not, I'll head over to the bike market to see what else I can find.

    thanks all!
    Nancy, what brand of shifter is it? We may be able to come up with a solution to get the functional.


    Quote Originally Posted by AEO View Post
    cheaper equipment: more plastic (and not the good kind), less stainless steel, less precision, poorer seals, lower grade metals... etc.
    sora STI levers just don't seem to last as long as 105/ultegra.
    I'll think its directly proportional to the number of times a levers been down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveSSS View Post
    I order parts from any of several online dealers and do the repair myself. It's not that hard. With the new Campy ultrashift levers, there are fewer parts to wear out and any repair needed is a lot easier. I've even converted 10 speed shifters to 11 speed.
    Thats all well and good but what concerns me more is why Campy levers need to be rebuilt so often....thats concerning.
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    OP said she got a rebuild kit, which indicates Campy. Maybe someone can direct her to a good online Campy repair site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AEO View Post
    cheaper equipment: more plastic (and not the good kind), less stainless steel, less precision, poorer seals, lower grade metals... etc.
    sora STI levers just don't seem to last as long as 105/ultegra.
    If there is any stainless steel inside of the STI's, it's confined to the fasteners, pins, and springs. All of the various plates and cams are steel (per the Dura Ace and Ultegra STIs I've disassembled). The pair of Sora STIs I used for several thousand miles felt as good as new when I got rid of the bike (no different than my experience with Ultegra STIs). None of the STIs I've looked at or disassembled have had much in the way of sealing. I also wonder how you determined what grade of steel/aluminum was used to produce the various STIs. Sure, the higher end stuff is lighter but that doesn't mean much in the way of quality or durability.

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