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Shifter cable for Campy Athena circa 1995

Old 06-17-21, 03:35 AM
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Shifter cable for Campy Athena circa 1995

The shifter cable on my 1995 Marinoni broke inside the shifter this morning (haven't yet tried to fish out the end.)

I seem to remember it not fitting quite right when I installed it. Is there a Campy specific cable I should have used?

Any tips on getting that broken end out easily?
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Yes There are Campy specific shifter cables that should be used. Campy - for whatever reason - prefers a shifter cable where the ”button” at the end of the cable is a tiny bit smaller than for Shimano shifters. Using the wrong kind may cause it to lodge near permanently in the shifter, becoming a real challenge to remove.
It’s possible to file down a Shimano spec shifter cable end to fit nicely in a Campy shifter.
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Old 06-17-21, 04:55 AM
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Now that you mention it, I think I did file down the end. Perhaps I nicked the cable itself, leading to the failure.
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I've got some Jagwire ones that worked out fine, forget where I ordered them from. Can get singles from BikeRecyclery (but don't browse too much, too many tasty things on that site!): Campagnolo Shifter / Derailleur Cable: 2000mm - Stainless - 8/9/10/11/12s (NEW) - Bike Recyclery
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Thanks for the info!
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Jagwire is what I use

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I recently got a used Campy 10 speed group and the shift cables were stuck even though I don’t think they were Shimano ends. I was able to drill them enough to loosen and pop them out. I’ve come across cable ends stuck in down tube shifters a couple of times and it’s usually a death knell, never been able to get one out.
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Yes, always remember to file or sand the heads down so they have at least, a small amount of gap, all the way around when they sit in the shifter cable head well. If you can spin the cable head freely in the well by twisting the cable, it should be enough. I also put a dab of grease in the head wells, before installing the cables, to fight corrosion that will seize the head to the well.
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Originally Posted by Chombi1 View Post
Yes, always remember to file or sand the heads down so they have at least, a small amount of gap, all the way around when they sit in the shifter cable head well. If you can spin the cable head freely in the well by twisting the cable, it should be enough. I also put a dab of grease in the head wells, before installing the cables, to fight corrosion that will seize the head to the well.
Thanks for that.
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