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Old 09-30-11, 09:52 AM   #1
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Campagnolo Ergopower Shifter Maintenance

I have a pair of 1s generation Record Ergos and I'm ready to install them on a bike with Chorus derailleurs and a 7sp freewheel. I've inspected the Ergos and they look fine, although, the teeth on the wheel actuated by the thumb lever look pretty worn. I wonder if the life could be prolonged with a jeweler's file if and when this becomes a problem?

There's a lot of dust/grime in there. Should I flush these with a degreaser or perform any other maintenance before installing them?
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Good cleaning certainly would't hurt. Note that the main bolt holding the indexed ratchet wheel is left hand threaded. More than a few ergo shifters have died at the hands of over-eager mechanics trying to "loosen" the bolt thinking it is right hand thread.
Failure mode I have always experiences is that the clip-spings that make the index click get worn and loose tension, will not hold derailler in 1st gear. The clips are easily replaced if you have the shifter apart.
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Thanks. And how do you suggest I clean them?
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You haven't lived until you've disassembled and reassembled an ergo shifter. They're actually not very complicated, but when I've done it I've found the final bolt a major PITA to seat properly.
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You haven't lived until you've disassembled and reassembled an ergo shifter. They're actually not very complicated, but when I've done it I've found the final bolt a major PITA to seat properly.
I'm going to take your word for it at this point. I can see springs, cogs and little Italian fairies shooting out of the lever as I attempt to disassemble it.

Seriously, though, should I flush it with WD-40? Spray silicone lubricant in there? Hit it with compressed air and then drown it in chain lube?
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I hit my ergos (8, 9, and 10s) with air and WD40 (light on each).
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Same dilemma here.. I searched the inter-web for assembly manuals/instructions but to no avail. Just last night, I brushed off as much grime as I can, few drops of oil on the shift lever part where it pivots and the springs, and some grease on the gears and I left it at that.

I'd love to take it apart, if someone can provide a manual or at least a detailed tutorial.
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I hit my ergos (8, 9, and 10s) with air and WD40 (light on each).
Isn't WD40 a degreaser? Do you re-grease it afterwards? Seems hard to do that without taking it apart.
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http://www.campyonly.com/howto/ergo_rebuild.html

Branford bike sells a small xeroxed manual: http://branfordbike.com/articles/cam...-2008-pg71.htm

They sent me one free with a purchase of parts.

Some video assistance (may or may not apply to your ergo generation): http://www.google.com/search?aq=f&gc...w=1915&bih=890
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Similar to what you described above. Mainly grease the gears and a few drops of 3 in 1. They continue to work flawlessly so either I'm doing something right or Campagnolo did.

FWIW I have only done his process one time to each of my shifters, one set was a a little grimy/dry/dusty when I received it and the other three sets felt left out so I cleaned them too. I noticed on my 9s Athena the shifts were crisper after the process but the others felt great before and after.
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Parts diagrams, in case you couldn't find them.
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This is what you guys need!
http://www.campyonly.com/howto/ergotech.html
Loook....looook...loooook...in there and be ergopower enlightened!!!

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My question is how you are going to run 8-sp Ergos on a 7-sp freewheel.
Is Campy like Shimano in that regard? (with the empty shift)

Wondering, as I saw a 7-sp Campy cassette the other day, and it was a 130mm rear hub.
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Same dilemma here.. I searched the inter-web for assembly manuals/instructions but to no avail. Just last night, I brushed off as much grime as I can, few drops of oil on the shift lever part where it pivots and the springs, and some grease on the gears and I left it at that.

I'd love to take it apart, if someone can provide a manual or at least a detailed tutorial.
There are detailed instructions in Lennard Zinn's book, "Zinn's Cycling Primer." It's rather lengthy and detailed so I'm not going to type it out. The book is about $21 new, less used, and I don't know if it is available as an eBook.
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You haven't lived until you've disassembled and reassembled an ergo shifter. They're actually not very complicated, but when I've done it I've found the final bolt a major PITA to seat properly.
I want the Campagnolo tool for holding the shifter body.
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I have the Sachs Ergo and an 8spd freewheel and was wondering if I could run a 7spd cassette wheel. Sachs is Shimano compatible or so I'm told, so I could run 8spd cassette or 7spd ???
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There is a great video on rebuilding these on youtube.
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I ship mine to Peter at Vecchios in Boulder, and magically, a couple of days later, they're back in my hands, no pieces missing, shifting smoothly!

After all, how often will I do this?

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I want the Campagnolo tool for holding the shifter body.
Apparently a handlebar or fragment of a handlebar fixed to a vice can work as a substitute. I did everything in my hands, which I've been advised is why I was having so much trouble seating the bolt. It made the spring loading somewhat of a challenge as well.
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My question is how you are going to run 8-sp Ergos on a 7-sp freewheel.
Is Campy like Shimano in that regard? (with the empty shift)
Being against the stop in the seventh gear, you shouldn't be able to ratchet the shifter into 8th.
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Being against the stop in the seventh gear, you shouldn't be able to ratchet the shifter into 8th.

+1 Campagnolo 8sp and all 7sp freewheels have 5.0mm spacing.
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Thank you everybody, I have learned a little more.
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I bought this dvd in the spring.

http://campybike.com/

I would highly recommend it. I had several old Campy catalogues, but not every year. This dvd has everything. All the catalogues, additional videos, lots of great stuff! A bargin for the price.
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