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Old 10-01-18, 09:07 AM
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Broken Sram Rival Doubletap shift lever

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So my left hand Sram Rival Doubletap shift lever broke this weekend. It just snapped off the main brake lever. I was astonished this could happen, but after a quick google search, this seems to be a common problem with Rival shift levers. The doubletap lever just broke off from the shifting mechanism (metal just broke / snapped in half). Unfortunately, they don't seem to sell the shift mechanism / levers separately, so I am looking at a full replacement.

I had two mismatched Sram Rival Doubletap brake/shift levers (one silver metal, one black carbon), so I am taking this opportunity to upgrade both my shift levers to Sram Force: I got a pair of light-medium used Sram Force 10-speed levers (2 small cosmetic scuffs, good shape overall) for $120 on Ebay auction last night.

What do you guys think, good deal? One Sram Force lever new seems to go for about $170, and a new pair for about $310, so I think I did alright?

What is involved in installing these shifters? Is it pretty easy for someone who knows how to adjust a derailleur and take off a shifter from a handlebar? The only think I have never done is getting the brake and shift cables installed into a shifter.

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For what it's worth, that would be warrantee-able within 2 years, and any bike dealer could have ordered the replacement part directly from Sram or QBP regardless.

Installation isn't very hard. When uninstalling your old shifters shift them into the small small and push the cable out of the shifter with the hood rolled back and you'll see where the cable heads go.
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If reusing the existing cables, make sure the ends are not frayed or are long enough they can be cut to clean them up. Or, start with new.

New bar tape may be necessary.
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For what it's worth, that would be warrantee-able within 2 years, and any bike dealer could have ordered the replacement part directly from Sram or QBP regardless.

Installation isn't very hard. When uninstalling your old shifters shift them into the small small and push the cable out of the shifter with the hood rolled back and you'll see where the cable heads go.
Sure, but the bike is at least 8 years old, and bought used. No warranty. I didn't realize they could have ordered the replacement part, oh well. I'll get a nice upgrade out of the whole thing regardless..

Thanks for the tips, I think I can figure it out if I look closely at how the old ones are routed.

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If reusing the existing cables, make sure the ends are not frayed or are long enough they can be cut to clean them up. Or, start with new.

New bar tape may be necessary.
Good point, the cables are fairly new, so I am hoping to reuse them. My bar tape is pretty new still, so hoping I can reuse it as well.

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I recommend against reusing cable and hosting. Having it run without friction has such an effect on the shifting that it's really a false economy. In fact, now is a good time to move to premium cable/housing which will be a more significant update to shifting than the new shifters. The jagwire pro stuff is pretty good. Also if you haven't wrapped tape much before I recommend against reusing that as well. I only reuse if it looks brand new. It's difficult to get the wear line on the take perfectly matched to the previous wrapping.

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