Hmmm. Going from big to small, the only thing the shifter is doing is releasing the cable. Going from small to big the cable is pulled by the shifter. In the latter case, cable drag (kink, dried Gatorade on the bottom cable guide, etc..) will make shifting hard. In the first case, that isn't normally what happens. Could be the cable tension is a too high, such that it is being held under a lot of tension holding the FD against its high stop. That would make it difficult to click to release it.
Has it been stiff ever since you changed it? That suggests to me that it may be installed improperly. If not, about once a month I put a tiny about of spray lube into the internals of both my rival shifters, especially for CX.
Originally Posted by carleton
Doing one-legged squats while holding chickens in each hand will make someone strong...that doesn't mean it's the best way to train for track racing.
Originally Posted by Nagrom_
That would be spectacular. A trail of blood and sealant.