Hi, I have a great 15 year old hardly used Mercian race bike with shimano 105 sti 8 speed gears. A while ago i stupidly removed the central Allen bolt from the right brake lever and all went wrong, now lost the bolt and I been told by local bike shop that hundreds of parts will be misaligned now and only option is new lever. 2 questions, does ths make sense and what are my options of a replacement ? I'm struggling to find a single replacement lever of same style so can i for e.g go for a 9 speed lever ? Appreciate views please !
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when a sti lever fail for any reason the only option is to replace it . as of today sti levers are only sell in sets . you can not buy just the left or right one . you might find one on ebay . there are no replacement parts for these things .
You can put on a 9 speed cassette and chain if you can only find a 9 speed shifter. I would avoid 10 speed as the cassettes and chains are much more expensive. Your wheel and crankset will be fine, 8 or 9. Since it is an older bike, I would consider 8 or 9 speed bar end shifters and separate brake levers. Apparently you can also use Campy 10 speed shifters with your 8 speed and they are reasonably priced from UK sellers. A current thread in C&V.
Last edited by shelbyfv; 02-19-12 at 05:25 PM.