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    I got a set of exage brake/shifter levers and the shifting part is getting lousy now. So, I have some questions. But first, It's a 7-speed setup.

    1: The interior of the Exage shifters is plastic. Which one/ones of Shimanos shifter levers are not plastic inside but metal?

    2: Is it possible to just change the shifter levers and keep the brake levers? What other of Shimanos range do fit on the same brake levers as Exage shifters? And see above, is any of those made of metal?

    3: In case I have to change it all. What Shimano brake/shifter levers do come without optical gear indicator? And also the brakes needs to be to cantilever brakes, NOT V-brakes.

    4: If I change the levers, can I keep the derailleur (if it is in good condition) and just replace levers and cables/housing or will I notice "bad shifting" because of the Exage derailleur?

    Thanks alot... As you might suspect I am doing a MAJOR overhaul of my MTB. It has been out in the rain for a month and today it was a storm and a Hammock fell over it. My mother dug it out and salvaged it in to the bathroom
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berodesign
    I got a set of exage brake/shifter levers and the shifting part is getting lousy now. So, I have some questions. But first, It's a 7-speed setup.

    1: The interior of the Exage shifters is plastic. Which one/ones of Shimanos shifter levers are not plastic inside but metal?

    2: Is it possible to just change the shifter levers and keep the brake levers? What other of Shimanos range do fit on the same brake levers as Exage shifters? And see above, is any of those made of metal?

    3: In case I have to change it all. What Shimano brake/shifter levers do come without optical gear indicator? And also the brakes needs to be to cantilever brakes, NOT V-brakes.

    4: If I change the levers, can I keep the derailleur (if it is in good condition) and just replace levers and cables/housing or will I notice "bad shifting" because of the Exage derailleur?

    Thanks alot... As you might suspect I am doing a MAJOR overhaul of my MTB. It has been out in the rain for a month and today it was a storm and a Hammock fell over it. My mother dug it out and salvaged it in to the bathroom

    1. AFAIK, the shifter cog (the one where the cable is threaded) on Shimano MTB shifters is made of engineering plastic, the ones I've disassembled anyway. Don't know if there are any made of steel.

    2. Can't understand what you mean by this, but Shimano sell integrated brakes/shifters as well as separate brake levers and shifters.

    3. AFAIK, current Shimano MTB shifters all have optical indicators. The brake levers will work on either cantilever brakes or V-brakes.

    4. No problem with the derailleur/s.

    I would suggest initially cleaning/hosing down the components and replacing the cables and housings. Check also for wear on your chain and sprockets which is also a cause of crappy shifting.

    HTH

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    If a light overhaul, cleaning and adjustment don't do the trick:

    I have an 89" (or so ) GT with the same set up. Many many miles have passed and I have the same problems. The chain is shot, so is the biopace chainring and cassette. The two small cogs (can't recall the name) and bottom bracket need work too. Then comes the cables (easy) and next the shifters, I could try to clean them up but how much longer could they last? My shifters are not integrated, but I can't find replacements (too old), so I must go to grip shifters, or to integrated ones, which usually require an upgrade to v-brakes.

    In my experience this was my excuse to buy a new bike. If you got the bread and need a ride that will last, get what you need. Much of the new stuff will blow you away, it did me.

    If you are too in love to let it go consider buying complete used bikes fromt he goodwill and parting bikes together.

    Hope this helps,

    ehenz

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    Actually, why I need new shifters is that the plastic parts inside is coming apart.

    But I looked around and it seems like I can fit Deore XT and LX shifters on my brake levers. It seems to be the same standard, atleast for older Deore-stuff.

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