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Broken RD cable, possibly stuck in shifter (Shimano 5800)

Old 05-03-19, 11:33 PM
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Broken RD cable, possibly stuck in shifter (Shimano 5800)

Fun ride today. I broke my RD cable (using Shimano 105/5800, medium cage RD.)

Upon returning home, I went to change my shifter cable (something I've done successfully a half dozen times). I poked around to see if there were any broken bits in the shifter, and seeing nothing, tried to replace the cable. No love - no shifting.

I then tried removing the bottom plate to see if anything fell out - nothing, though I did find some bits of frayed cable. So now my hypothesis is that the broken bit of cable might be jammed way up in there. Any ideas to locate and remove, or determine if I somehow destroyed my shifter?
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Sorry to say you have a long web search ahead of you (ST-5800 cable stuck, jammed Shimano shifter, etc.) as I can recall seeing endless posts, many successful, for this dreaded Shimano issue with lots written and videoed. I would probably start with You Tube.
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Try back flushing with canned air.
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In case anyone is interested, progress has been made: I have located the broken piece, though it seems to be stuck in the mechanism of the shifter. This might be one of those rare cases where I visit the bike shop for a second opinion.

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There are a number of threads on this issue. Don't give up quite yet.

picks, pokers, small drill bits, needle nose might be called for.

Cable stuck in a 105 5800 shifter...

Shimano 105 5800 Cable Replacement

Broken DA 9000 cables?

Drilling extraction hole in shifter to remove broken cable head stuck inside
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You don't need to drill any holes with the 5800 shifter. You've already got the lower plate off and have access to everything you need. Try to wind up the frayed portion of the exposed cable in the picture with some needle nose pliers. Maybe pull on them slightly to make sure the cable head is fully engaged in the pocket where it normally sits. You want to wind or tighten up the strands so it will slide out easier. From there, just shift the shifter to the small cog/first gear position and push the cable out through the hole (right side of the shifter body in your picture). I made a video on the process of replacing a frayed cable (not completely broken off) in a 6800 model, which is the same process as the 5800, which may be helpful.

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Update: Fixed.

Silly me! I only removed half of the bottom plate. Once I removed the hood, the rest came off and the nice grimy broken piece was right there. Shifting to the highest gear made it more accessible, and it came right out with a paperclip.

Sharing a photo in case it helps anyone in the future.
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