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Old 04-05-21, 02:04 PM
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Shifting issue - 3 clicks to change gear

Hi folks, I'm new to the forum.

I did a Google search first but came up empty.

I have a Kona Fire Mountain and I have to press the shifter lever 3x before the gear will change up, 2 x for it to change down.

I've tightened the cable as per a you tube video but it didn't change anything.

Any suggestions....?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-05-21, 02:33 PM
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Watch more videos. Find the component manufacturers documentation for installation and adjustment. If Shimano then go here.... https://si.shimano.com/#/

Park tool is also a good third party source for info and videos..... https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help

If it isn't working correctly, then you did something wrong or something is broken or not what it should be.

I'd tend to think you didn't have the shifter in the correct position when you put the cable in the holdfast. Model numbers of your components.... DR and shifters will help as will the year or a more exact model of your Kona. I'm used to model names of a bike having different tier levels with different components at each price point.

Sorry for the non-answer, but more answers and more conversation will help others help you. There are lots of things we could boggle your mind with that may do nothing for the issue.

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Old 04-05-21, 02:48 PM
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I'm guessing a couple of things here. First, I think you probably have your terms mixed up. An 'upshift' is shifting to a higher/harder gear, so physically to a smaller cog. A 'downshift' is shifting to an easier/lower gear, so shifting to a larger cog. While I mostly agree w/ Iride01 that we need more details to provide useful help I thinks it's probably a cable/housing issue. Friction from worn housing, dirt/corrosion...something like that. I'm not sure why he uses the term 'holdfast' when cable anchor is a lot more widely used and easier to understand for most people.
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At least I don't call STI's "brifters" That always sounded corny to me too.
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With sluggish shifting happening in both directions, it leads me to suspect an issue with the shifter cable and/or housing. A kink or buildup of gunk could be causing excess friction in the system which is requiring additional action by the shifter to get movement at the derailleur end. Just a guess. Things are sometimes hard to diagnose without seeing it in person.

EDIT: Oops. I just noticed that the same suggestion has already been made.
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Wow thanks for helping this newb out!

I'll replace the cables and see if that helps.

thanks again!
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Replace the housing too. Unless your cables are fraying inside the shifter nearly all wear that has a negative affect on shifting happens in/to the housing.
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Originally Posted by Scharfg View Post
Hi folks, I'm new to the forum.

I did a Google search first but came up empty.

I have a Kona Fire Mountain and I have to press the shifter lever 3x before the gear will change up, 2 x for it to change down.
Any time I see "I pushed it 3 times before the shift happened", I think "old shifters, grease has turned to gum".

This is a very very common problem with old shifters. The grease inside has hardened and the springs don't spring back properly. The fix is to get some spray oil and spray it in the shift mechanism. It's best if you can put the bike on a stand and work the shift levers while hosing out the shifter. Do this a couple times with both shifters. Clean off any excess oil and go ride. I bet you'll notice the difference right away.
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