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Old 04-14-12, 09:17 PM   #1
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Where is the hole for the shift cable on 105 5700 brifter?

I have successfully installed a number of shifter cables in different older Shimano levers, where it was usually quite easy to find the channel for the cable. On the current 105 shifters I am stumped - spent an hour in the garage searching for a likely hole or passage way to insert the darn shifter cable, with no luck! Even pushed a cable into the shifter from the other end, along the cable guides, which didn't reveal any possible entry from the front. Where did they hide it this time?
PS.: I was working on the left-hand handle.
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No offense but did you RTFM? http://techdocs.shimano.com/media/te...9830702880.pdf

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http://techdocs.shimano.com/media/te...9830702880.pdf

Beat me too it!
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I am sorry, I don't know what RTFM stands for. If you are asking whether I tried to find an answer on the Shimano site, yes I did try, but found no answer. Thanks for the link, I will have to study this now!
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Be aware that you need to remove a tiny screw to get a small panel out of the way. Be careful to not lose the screw, it really is tiny.
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I am sorry, I don't know what RTFM stands for. If you are asking whether I tried to find an answer on the Shimano site, yes I did try, but found no answer. Thanks for the link, I will have to study this now!

RTFM: Read The Freakin' Manual.
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Ah yes - I had figured it out meanwhile...
Trouble is I don't have the manual, so I was left to guess work. I went to the SHimano website, but all the tech advice did was run me in circles without showing me the answer.
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Be aware that you need to remove a tiny screw to get a small panel out of the way. Be careful to not lose the screw, it really is tiny.
Hooray, studying the FM did the trick!
When I pushed the cable through the hole it popped off that little panel, and I suppose somewhere on my garage floor there should be a tiny screw in hiding!
Thanks very much, guys, you really came through for me again!
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I am sorry, I don't know what RTFM stands for. If you are asking whether I tried to find an answer on the Shimano site, yes I did try, but found no answer. Thanks for the link, I will have to study this now!
If you missed it I included some blow-ups that make the routing quite clear. Unfortunately the whole unit cover/cable cover thing is news to me..can't help you there.

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Oh man that sucks. Glad I switched to Campy when I went to 10 speeds
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Glad I switched to Campy when I went to 10 speeds
Finding the cable entry hole in Ergo brifters isn't that easy even if you do RTFM. Campy hides them under the rubber of the hoods.
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I just spent like 30 minutes replacing the rear shifter cable on my 5700 brifter. It is a pain! I had to get a pick and guide it where it needed to go! I installed a teflon-coated one.
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I installed a teflon-coated one.
Be sure to scrape off ALL of the coating where the cable clamps under the derailleur fixing bolt. If you don't the cable will slowly slip under tension, no matter how tight the bolt is and the shifting accuracy will absolutely go away. Trust me on this one. Been there, done that and it took two tries before I realized what was causing the problem.
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Be sure to scrape off ALL of the coating where the cable clamps under the derailleur fixing bolt. If you don't the cable will slowly slip under tension, no matter how tight the bolt is and the shifting accuracy will absolutely go away. Trust me on this one. Been there, done that and it took two tries before I realized what was causing the problem.
Damn. I already got the derailleur all dialed in. I guess I have another 10 minutes of work ahead of me .
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Alright.. I used the sandpaper from my patch kit to wear it away. The point where the bolt clamps onto it is now shiny silver. Is that how I want it?
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