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Chorus Ergo Shifters..busted?

Old 02-05-09, 02:38 PM
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Chorus Ergo Shifters..busted?

I'm new to modern campy components.
I got a set of Chorus CF 10 speed shifters off of ebay.

They just showed up.

The right shifter doesnt click on the upshift. I havent installed it on the bike or even put a cable in it to make sure it's moving it, but shouldnt it click? The brake lever on this shifter also seems a little lose, like in a side to side way.

The left lever clicks like 4 times. Whats up with that? Shouldnt it click a maximum of two times?


Worst case, these things are rebuildable right?
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Old 02-05-09, 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by -holiday76 View Post

The right shifter doesnt click on the upshift. ...
Worst case, these things are rebuildable right?
Sounds like a broken g-spring. A common issue. Part is $10, labor is $25-$40 (depending).

Originally Posted by -holiday76 View Post
The left lever clicks like 4 times. Whats up with that? Shouldnt it click a maximum of two times?
This is a trim feature, I believe.
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Old 02-05-09, 03:00 PM
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Campy front shifters aren't indexed like Shimano. Think friction-with-indents to get the idea, as opposed to one click + trim. When I had Campy, it was something like four clicks to move the chain from one ring to the other. Also, Campy shifters are usually both triple and double compatible. Or at least they used to be.

Don't know what's up with the right shifter. I'd string a cable up into it and see if adding some cable tension might help things along.
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I had a similar issue, and got the most excellent helpful advice on fixing the springs:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...178&highlight=


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I'd string a cable up into it and see if adding some cable tension might help things along.
I was thinking that too
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Just had my Centaurs rebuilt (too lazy to do it myself). Picked them up this afternoon. Cost $45.

Have a look where the cable thingy is (where you thread the cable). If it's up against the thumb release and won't ratchet back, chances are the springs need replacing. Older shifters also had a magnesium clip that tended to break.
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The left finger lever will execute 5 clicks (of 12) with one sweep of the lever. The thumb button can go through all of them with one push. 3-4 clicks are need to operate double FDs and 7 clicks are needed for a triple FD.

As for the right shifter, I agree to apply some cable tension to see if this makes a difference. Otherwise, you won't really know how the shifter functions until you get it hooked to a RD.

Replacing G-springs is cheap, but if you've never had an ergo lever apart, be prepared for an hour of frustration the first time. Good instructions are a must. I have some if needed.

I hope you paid little for these shifters because you can get much nicer 2009 Centaur models, with a cable set (worth about $40), for only about $160. The 2009 models have no g-springs to wear out. I sold four pairs of Record shifters recently. Mine all had low miles, but I installed new g-springs and sold them for about $95 without cables and one pair with cables for $140. The new Centaur would have been a better buy.
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It shifts fine and clicks fine now. I put some wd 40 into the shifter and added a cable and it works great.


Are you able to dump all the gears at once with the new Centaur shifters?
Anyhow, I paid $110 shipped for these so I'm not too worried about spending too much. Maybe I'll try out the new centaurs on one of my other bikes though...

thanks again for the help!
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The new ultrashift levers can shift up to 6 cogs smaller with one push of the thumb button. That should be more than anyone ever needs. They also still shift up to 3 cogs larger with one swing of the finger lever.
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