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How to access derailleur cables on Campy shifters?

Old 06-29-09, 04:07 PM
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How to access derailleur cables on Campy shifters?

Simple question: How do I access the derailleur cable on my Campy shifter? I need to swap it out.

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Old 06-29-09, 05:24 PM
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Hit the little thumb lever until it stops clicking

Look underneath on the outside (i.e., side away from the thumb lever) of the brifter. You should be able to see the cable head. You might need to peel back the rubber hood covering a bit to see it.
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Yesterday I removed the back wheel, and set the RD to the lowerst cog. Then I pushed the RD in toward the frame center line to slacken the cable so I could get grease the inside of the housing. The head of the cable magically slid out the little hole on the side of the brifter hood on the RHS. I didn't even know there was a hole in the brifter hood.
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Campy Ergo shift cables are hidden pretty well but, as KevinF described, they point nearly straight down on the outside of the brifter housing after you push the mouse ear as many clicks as possible. The rubber hood has a slit and the cable head is under the outside of the slit. Push firmly on the old cable and watch where the head pops out.

BTW, Campy shift cables have an end fitting slightly smaller in diameter than Shimano's so be sure to use Campy or Campy-compatible cables. A Shimano-size cable can get stuck VERY tightly.
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OK, got the old cable out...

Now how do I get the new cable in? It doesn't seem to want to be pushed through the cable housing... Also, how do I keep the cable from fraying as I push it thru?

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Originally Posted by KevRC4130 View Post
OK, got the old cable out...

Now how do I get the new cable in? It doesn't seem to want to be pushed through the cable housing... Also, how do I keep the cable from fraying as I push it thru?
You may have to unwrap the bars, pull the cable housing away from the brifter body (possibly after loosening the brifter clamp bolt), thread the cable through the body and then into the housing.

To reduce fraying, cut the cable cleanly with a true cable cutter, not side-cutter pliers.
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