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Old 01-28-11, 06:41 AM
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Stiff bar end shfters

I have just received a set of 2nd hand Shimano Dura Ace bar end shifters. They look to be in good condition, however, I am surprised at how much force is needed to move the levers when not installed. Each 'shift' to the next position is quite a sudden harsh jump and makes quite a load click sound. I know this sort of thing is difficult to comment on from just a description as it is subjective but can anyone say if this is normal? I have never used bar ends before but I expected them to require very little force when not actually having to pull the cable and change gear.

Could it be that they need lubing? If so how do I do this on a bar end?

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Old 01-28-11, 08:47 AM
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Loosen the screw that holds them to the clamp slightly. It goes through the center of the shifter. They are over tightened. Roger
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Old 01-28-11, 09:37 AM
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I experienced the same thing when I got my pair of new Ultegra bar-end shifters (regardless of how loose the screw is.) Fortunately once I installed them I realized that the force required to shift isn't bad at all. It only feels like it when you're holding the shifter in your hand and have nothing to get leverage with. Install them and see if you still have a problem.
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Old 01-28-11, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by FastJake View Post
I experienced the same thing when I got my pair of new Ultegra bar-end shifters (regardless of how loose the screw is.) Fortunately once I installed them I realized that the force required to shift isn't bad at all. It only feels like it when you're holding the shifter in your hand and have nothing to get leverage with. Install them and see if you still have a problem.
+1. I had the same experience with my barcons. Almost impossible to shift outside of a handbar, and barely noticable when installed.
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Old 01-28-11, 04:32 PM
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Thanks for the replies. It sounds as if they are fine. They look to be in good nick.
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Old 01-28-11, 05:39 PM
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a little light oil can't hurt, a bit of rust inhibiting.
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Old 01-28-11, 07:41 PM
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Mine are the same way uninstalled but fine when installed.
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