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SRAM shifter pre-installation "Feel"

Old 08-25-10, 02:52 PM
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SRAM shifter pre-installation "Feel"

Hello everyone

born again newbie here...been out of the cycling for awhile now so please take it easy on me =)

Recently bought some sram shifters (almost entire Rival group). Had a question on what the shifters "feel" like straight out of the box. I mean, absent any cable tension, should the shift levers still have a very distinct "click" for both the up and down shift movements (talking about the right shift lever). I get a solid click when pressing the lever all the way in but nothing really clicks when trying to engage the short "tap". Again this is pre-installation and want to be sure the lever is not defective...Also, how much lever travel should there be to shift both directions. Down shifting (lower gear) seems like the lever is gonna break?!?

Also, instructions indicate to have the shift lever "engaged" where the RD would be on the highest gear (smallest cog)...how do I know what "gear" the shifter is in (again, mostly for the right shifter)? Kinda relates back to my first question, if I do NOT get feed back (clicks) on the short shifts (shifting to smallest cog) how do I know what "gear position" the shifter is in prior to installation!!

Please keep in mind I just woke up from a 20 year coma (kidding about the coma) and can relate to the old downtube SIS index system, which gave both audible and visual (lever position) ques...

Thanks in advance!
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Playing with my wife's Rival shifters on the workstand, I found them to have very little feedback on the single-tap (release) when there is no cable tension. It was easy to overshoot the single-tap range of motion into the double-tap (tension) range. Can you get the cable threaded in? Once you do, you'll be able to single-tap it to the fully released position with ease.
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The release further in was louder on my Red shifters too. once you get them installed, the click sounds more solid. I know with the zero loss, mine was very easy to feel it get into the small cog position. if you are using small movements (like 3/4" movements of the paddle) you shouldn't quite be hitting the second position.
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Thanks guys!! that puts me in a better place. sounds like it's all about the tension then. can't wait to get them installed now!! thanks again!
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