I have a 1994 Bridgestone with 7x3 Shimano STX-SE components. My rear shifter stopped returning to the original position. I took it apart and found a broken piece inside. Iím pretty sure that broken piece is what is causing the problem. I found a shimano shifter on Amazon that looks like it would work. My questions are these:
1. Are all Shimano 7 speed shifters compatible with my bike? I donít want to change anything but the shifter.
2. Should I replace both the front and rear shifters? Or just the rear? Itís only about $8 price difference between the rear only and both front and rear.
Here is my original problem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkq-l1ZhseE
Here is what I plan to buy: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Any thoughts or advice? Iíve never done this repair before.
I see from your video that your bike has cantilever brakes. The shifters you link to are integrated Shift and brake levers. The problem is that the brake levers are v-brake compatible and will not work well with your cantilever brakes. So you should be looking for 7 speed shift levers alone. Any Shimano 7 speed shifter will work properly with your rear derailleur setup
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most at shimano shifters of that era that are for 7 speed will work, the throw (1.xxmm/shift) is same. As for buying both, if you like, but I find that my shifter for the front mech don't do any where near the work of the rear so stay in good condition for much longer.