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Old 04-27-08, 03:58 PM
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Experiences with SRAM X7 shifter

Hi all,
I recently crashed my MTB, and '07 C-dale F3. No biggie, got a little rashed up, but nothing too bad. Bike was undamaged except for a bent left shifter lever.

So, I took the shifter apart to straighten the lever again. I had an explosion of springs in my face.... managed to get it back together fairly quickly, but had problems with the upshift lever returning to position after the shift. Turns out that I didn't put enough spring tension into the return spring. The fingers of a small elf are of great use if one is endeavor one of these repairs.

I don't recommend this unless you are patient - these are really not intended to be disassembled by the home mechanic, but it can be done.

Note: I could find no exploded diagrams anywhere for one of these shifters. I understand they are intended as "throw-away" items, but this was rather annoying.....

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I'll try to work on almost anything, but I'd never even consider taking a shifter apart. Good job getting it back together.
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I took it apart because there was no friggin' way I was going to pay for a whole new shifter just because of a bent lever. A little vice work had it straightened out.

Shifters aren't too bad, I cut my teeth on taking apart Campy road shifters. It can be done if you are patient....

It is nice knowing that you can take it apart and re-lube/clean if necessary.
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