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Old 07-03-09, 11:49 AM
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Lost my gear indicator window!

Hi, cycling to work this morning I noticed that I'd lost the gear indicator window off my SRAM X4 8 speed trigger. The bike's only 4 weeks old so although it doesn't affect the ride it does annoy me slightly.

Anyone know where I could get a replacement?
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Old 07-03-09, 12:44 PM
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You're half way to freedom, dude. Now you need to lose the rest of the indicator and you'll be doing good
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Re-he-heally?
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If it's that new, try taking it back to where you bought it
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Old 07-03-09, 03:12 PM
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I lost mine a long time ago. It really doesnt matter what gear your in, aslong as it works.
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Old 07-03-09, 08:06 PM
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You could try making your own out of a Matchbox car windshield.
Good Luck.
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Old 07-04-09, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by mcscooby View Post
Hi, cycling to work this morning I noticed that I'd lost the gear indicator window off my SRAM X4 8 speed trigger. The bike's only 4 weeks old so although it doesn't affect the ride it does annoy me slightly.

Anyone know where I could get a replacement?
That's interesting. A friend of mine just bought a Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc, which also has the SRAM X-4s as well. The first time he tried to shift into the big chainring the little clear cover popped off.
They just snap on, but they seem to come off pretty easily - matter of time before it's lost. Design flaw? Kind of comes across as cheap.

He's only had it a couple of weeks - is going to take it back to the bike shop and see if they can do something with it under warranty.
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Old 07-04-09, 10:46 AM
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Yeah, that's the bike I have too.
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Old 07-04-09, 04:40 PM
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The gear indicator window on my Hardrock fell out the first time I rode the bike. It snapped back-on.

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Old 07-04-09, 05:02 PM
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Yeah, unfortunately I lost mine in between putting it on the car bike rack and taking it off. It could be anywhere on a 23 mile stretch
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Old 07-04-09, 07:00 PM
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If you have a computer on the bike, try losing it. It's even better!
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Old 07-04-09, 07:03 PM
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I'd go back to the bike shop where you got it and see what they would do.
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Old 07-06-09, 09:51 AM
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I had a bike crash a few weeks ago on my road bike, and the Ultrega shifting caps cracked and broke off...I ordered 2 new ones for $6 a piece from the bike shop.

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Originally Posted by rsgsrt View Post
I'd go back to the bike shop where you got it and see what they would do.

I'd guess that they'll laugh at you for caring.
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I'd guess that they'll laugh at you for caring.
I realize that my friend did not spend thousands, but even at the $550 price
point I would expect quality parts where pieces don't fall off on the first
ride. He could just as easily bought a Wal Mart bike for that.

I recommended Specialized to him, so maybe I'm the one with egg on my face.
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Originally Posted by MODWR View Post
I realize that my friend did not spend thousands, but even at the $550 price
point I would expect quality parts where pieces don't fall off on the first
ride. He could just as easily bought a Wal Mart bike for that.

I recommended Specialized to him, so maybe I'm the one with egg on my face.
I assure you dude...there is a whole lot more that will fall off a WalMart bike on the first ride.

Example:

It was a rainy Friday morning at the Guvna's Mansion. It was supposed to be an 8 person group-ride. When it got wet, 4 people stayed home. Skyler was the new guy. He showed up on a new "high zoot" WalMart dual suspension ride. Terrible conditions for a noobie to say the least. The roots/rocks were slicker'n'snot proving the WalMart tires to be no match for the ultra-gnarly Kansas terrain.

Skyler didn't know which gear was which as we headed toward the first set of short climbs. Once we convinced him to stay in his middle ring and just concentrate on the rear shifter...he spent the rest of his ride fighting missed shifts and skipped gears. He'd stand to climb and the chain would slip across the cassette, grinding steel against steel...




...still think a WalMart bike is a good idea?

It's a silly little window. If you can get a new one...super-glue it on.
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Originally Posted by MODWR View Post
I realize that my friend did not spend thousands, but even at the $550 price
point I would expect quality parts where pieces don't fall off on the first
ride. He could just as easily bought a Wal Mart bike for that.

I recommended Specialized to him, so maybe I'm the one with egg on my face.
I'm not saying that the bike is ****e. I'm saying that the piece that fell off isn't a critical piece. First hard fall and it probably would have been gone anyway. It's just one less thing to litter the trail.
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Old 07-07-09, 09:36 AM
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better than having one that rattles.
Mine would rattle whenever I was on pavement, so I slapped some glue on there. no more rattle, and the window is all smeared, all better.
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Old 07-07-09, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
I assure you dude...there is a whole lot more that will fall off a WalMart bike on the first ride.

Example:

It was a rainy Friday morning at the Guvna's Mansion. It was supposed to be an 8 person group-ride. When it got wet, 4 people stayed home. Skyler was the new guy. He showed up on a new "high zoot" WalMart dual suspension ride. Terrible conditions for a noobie to say the least. The roots/rocks were slicker'n'snot proving the WalMart tires to be no match for the ultra-gnarly Kansas terrain.

Skyler didn't know which gear was which as we headed toward the first set of short climbs. Once we convinced him to stay in his middle ring and just concentrate on the rear shifter...he spent the rest of his ride fighting missed shifts and skipped gears. He'd stand to climb and the chain would slip across the cassette, grinding steel against steel...

...still think a WalMart bike is a good idea?

It's a silly little window. If you can get a new one...super-glue it on.

I think I may have been misunderstood.

I would never personally recommend any bike from Wal Mart, Target, Costco,
etc. It's simply when you spend money to obtain a product from a recognized
name in the business, be it Trek, Fisher, Specialized, et al, I don't expect pieces
to just fall off - at least not until there has been some abuse over time anyway.

I guess I'm just anal that way - if it was my bike I would be back at the bike shop
finding out what they will do to make it right.

In the final analysis, glue may be the best solution.
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You should call SRAM not specialized.
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I'd ask for my money back!
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Originally Posted by mcscooby View Post
Hi, cycling to work this morning I noticed that I'd lost the gear indicator window off my SRAM X4 8 speed trigger. The bike's only 4 weeks old so although it doesn't affect the ride it does annoy me slightly.

Anyone know where I could get a replacement?
havent had one in about 5 yrs
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Old 07-07-09, 10:33 PM
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Hey look at it this way, now you have a excuse to upgrade those shifters to something nicer
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The nicer ones don't have indicators.

ok well some do but the nicest don't
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I'd only worry about it if you think moisture and crud will work its way into the shifter innards.

If some well-placed electrical tape would make it work?

I know I have SRAM x.7 shifters (2006 model?) on one of my bikes, and I don't think the indicators are removable like on the higher-end Shimano models.
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