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Old 07-08-21, 01:28 PM
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Campy downtube shifter cable stuck in lever

I know this has been discussed before , but wondering if anyone has come up with a solution ?

There are a few ideas I have read, but not any " follow up" with solutions.

Here are a few pics.

Shifter is off the bike with cable attached.

AND....does anyone know what size head end is ?

Appreciate any and all help.


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Old 07-08-21, 01:53 PM
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Try clamping the cable with vise grips, a vise, etc. and twist the lever in the direction that tightens the cable spiral. This might loosen the head so it can come out easier. Adding a little penetrating fluid for at least a day can't hurt either. Also a soldering iron can be used to melt the head or get it soft enough to move.

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That sounds great Cc !!!!!

I am wondering if a glue gun tip ( without the glue of course) would be hot enough to soften the head .........??

Really appreciate your help !
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Glue gun will probably be nowhere near hot enough. Can't hurt to try though.
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Originally Posted by Crankycrank View Post
Glue gun will probably be nowhere near hot enough. Can't hurt to try though.
Agree a glue gun will not generate enough heat. I might try dimpling the center of the head with an awl and then carefully (slowly) try drilling it out with a bit just smaller then the head to break it up. We have been successful doing this same type of operation in the past.
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First approach would be to carefully put the lever in a vise, then use a thin needle nosed plier to grab the cable opposite the Bowden stop (this type of cable is called a Bowden cable, in case you're interested) and then push. If the needle nose is thin enough you'll grab the cable really close to the lever. And the first push would be like 0.2 mm. If this didn't work I'd clip the cable as close as possible to the lever, and use a pin vice with 1mm wire to push. The cable should be 1.2mm I think.
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I believe you are correct Cc !!

Glue gun probably will not be hot enough.


I have tried to twist it.

I may cut a notch in the head and use screwdriver to loosen.

What do you think of cold??

Like putting in a freezer overnight?

Or letting it soak in fluid??

Thank you again for your time and help.

I did not put this cable in BTW.

I have campy cables ready to go.

Other side cable head comes out
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Old 07-08-21, 03:11 PM
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Penetrating oil and/or the freezer. That's a 'Shimano' cable end, you should see how the Campy are slightly smaller and a different shape.
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Originally Posted by JoeTBM View Post
Agree a glue gun will not generate enough heat. I might try dimpling the center of the head with an awl and then carefully (slowly) try drilling it out with a bit just smaller then the head to break it up. We have been successful doing this same type of operation in the past.
+1, another good method worth trying.
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Since this isn’t C&V, once it is out does it make sense to enlarge the hole enough to fit a Shimano compatible cable?

On downtube shifters it seems like a pretty easy task.

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Thanks again everyone for all the great replies!!!

I have many drill bits....pretty new ....and will use this method.

I was thinking about drilling as well.

Very happy that it has worked in the past for someone here on this invaluable site with the best people!!!!

I'll update as soon as I am successful...

Thank you all again!!🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂

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Originally Posted by bikemike73 View Post
I know this has been discussed before , but wondering if anyone has come up with a solution ?

There are a few ideas I have read, but not any " follow up" with solutions.

Here are a few pics.

Shifter is off the bike with cable attached.

AND....does anyone know what size head end is ?

Appreciate any and all help.
Pliers on the cable, try to twist it to break the head free. If you manage to twist the cable out of the head, use a small nail and a hammer to tap the head out. Heating the head with a glue gun will likely only expand the head and jam it more tightly in place
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Old 07-08-21, 09:06 PM
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I got one of these out using and old metal ball point pen refill. It was dry and it just barely fit over the cable. After cutting off a section I threaded the cable through it and tapped the head out. It worked!!!

I am not sure but I think the pen cartridge was from and old Cross pen.
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I had that problem once and I heated the shift lever with my heat gun then used some needle nose pliers to grab the cable and "push" it out. Came out pretty easily.

I bought a cheap heat gun about 20 years ago and it's one of the smartest things a home mechanic can get. Used it just a couple of days ago to break the drive cups loose on a cartridge bottom bracket before I stripped them with my tool and then I removed some ugly rim decals on another bike yesterday.
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I drilled a tiny hole in the lead stop and twisted in a mini wood screw. I was ble to wiggle and pull with a plier until the lead end came out.
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The perils of using generic shift wires with Campagnolo.
Campagnolo makes their spec's slightly different on such things.
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The perils of using generic shift wires with Campagnolo.
Campagnolo makes their spec's slightly different on such things.
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The perils of using generic shift wires with Campagnolo.
Campagnolo makes their spec's slightly different on such things.
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“The Curse of Proprietary parts”! I am finding this manufacturing tendency becoming more and more common. From Hot Tub filters to watch parts, many manufacturers seem to want a long term “subscription” relationship with their customers. Don’t even get me started about the Trek Madone Seatmast.....
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Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
Since this isn’t C&V, once it is out, does it make sense to enlarge the hole enough to fit a Shimano compatible cable?
No. What makes sense is taking a little file to the head of the cable before you insert it. Takes about 30 seconds.
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Have not drilled it out yet. Going to the bike shop, who is a friend of mine to drill it out.

Waiting to get some " soft jaws" to put in the vise.

Have NEW cables which are campy 1.1 mm

Will update when cable is out.

Thank you again for all the great responses
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