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Old 04-28-10, 04:55 PM
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Shimano downtube shifter not parallel to downtube

Hi all, I've been noticing on all my Shimano downtube shifters (lower end Exage and RX100's) that the left one, for the front derailleur, does not come down all the way to align with the downtube when pushed all the way forward, unlike the right/rear shifter. They rest at varying angles from approx 5-20 degrees above the downtube. I've attached a picture of the most severe case.

Is this normal for Shimano SIS downtube shifters? Or is there something I missed that is just misaligned when I install the left shifter? I don't get this on Suntour Accushift shifters. If anyone can shed some light it's much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 04-28-10, 05:07 PM
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That is totally normal, my 7 speed 105 shifters were like that too. Someone said it was to make shifter the front easier, but I always thought it was a little weird.
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Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
That is totally normal, my 7 speed 105 shifters were like that too. Someone said it was to make shifter the front easier, but I always thought it was a little weird.
Yep, its normal. I think is so you reach across with your right hand to shift, I do it that way sometimes.
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Old 04-28-10, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by miamijim View Post
Yep, its normal. I think is so you reach across with your right hand to shift, I do it that way sometimes.
Yeah, I have done that myself. It does make sense, but I thought the same thing as the OP for a while.
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Makes sense, now that I actually THINK (hand to forehead).
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also, you can't catch your finger between the lever and the downtube...
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Thanks all for confirming it's the same for other Shimanos.
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I usually shift the front with my right hand on a campagnolo, not sure why this helps.
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