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Old 02-10-12, 05:50 PM   #1
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Siezed/Stuck Shimano Ultegra Brifter

I was building up a new bike w/ older brifters, had just run the shift cable, and was going to adjust the FD when I shifted it and it just stuck there. Now, no manner of huffing, puffing, banging, or tinkering can un-stick it. Any ideas?



Haven't been able to find much online, so I figured I'd ask before I huck this thing in the dumpster. I disassembled it down to the lever and body and was able to rebuild it, but I'm scared that if I go any further than that that I'll never be able to get it back in one piece again. I'm looking to get a new shifting lever mechanism on ebay, but I was hoping someone would have some sage advice before I pony up the money and have to wait.
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Old 02-10-12, 06:55 PM   #2
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Did you succeed on removing the cable? That would at least confirm that the problem is mechanical and not just that the cable is jammed in the mechanism. I'm asking because its unusual that the lever didn't at least return to its default position.
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Did you succeed on removing the cable? That would at least confirm that the problem is mechanical and not just that the cable is jammed in the mechanism. I'm asking because its unusual that the lever didn't at least return to its default position.
That was my first thought too. I expect the OP didn't seat the cable end fully before trying to shift.
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just a thought from a noob. Is it possible that you hooked the brake cable into the shiftering system? I have heard that it doesnt work if you do that.
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The cable was seated properly prior to shifting. There is no shifter cable in the brifter, nor anything else that I can see. I tore down the brifter and removed the body from the lever and the covers to see if I couldn't at least see if something was siezed in some way. After poking around for a bit, realizing I couldn't find anything out of place, I rebuilt it as you see in the picture above.
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