New shifters – how much to fit?
I don't really want to start fiddling with my gears if I can possibly help it. Partly laziness, partly fear of messing everything up
I would recommend having a crack at doing it yourself mate. I installed new inners/shifters etc last week for the first time. Had a few hiccups, but any probs got sorted either through asking questions on here or other web sources like Park Tools website.
….once you have done it you will wonder why you didn't have a go sooner. Plus you will have a better idea of how it all works if you need to make adjustments down the line.
Plus, all you need is a allen key and a small philips screwdriver.
Edit….and some cable cutters.Posted 7 years ago
Have a read through of this:
….then decide whether you want to have an attempt or not. It simplifies things quite nicely….unlike Shimano documentation which i found a bit obtuse.Posted 7 years ago
I've just bookmarked the Park Tools site and will check out the Bike Magic one too … shifters should arrive in the next couple of days.
Thanks joe@brookscycles! You may get a call from me … I'm VERY polite 😆
I'll probably stick with the existing cables, as the bike is fairly new – it's just the tensioning and the finer adjustments that bother me. Bit I will have a go! Expect more posts later in the week 😳Posted 7 years agowartonMember
I always used to shudder at doing stuff like that, but a couple of years ago started playing around with setting up gears etc, using park tools site. Its a great site, not least because it explain what all the different adjusters are used for on gears, instead of just saying do this, do that.
now I do everything on my bikes, build my first one up from scratch a few weeks ago.
so get stuck in you'll be fine!Posted 7 years ago
I thought about it, but will try SLX for now, especially as the price is pretty good – most reviews seem to say there is little in it for the shifters, although I expect the XT will be super-nice! If I get on well with them, maybe I'll look at upgrading them to XT or XTR in a year or so and put the SLX on my old bike.Posted 7 years ago
Having agonised over upgrading bits and pieces on my bike, I decided to upgrade just the gear shifters from standard Deore to SLX rapid-fire, especially as they are £35 at Ribble. I will wait for the other gear bits to wear out.
I was just wondering what I should expect to pay to get them fitted … I don't really want to start fiddling with my gears if I can possibly help it. Partly laziness, partly fear of messing everything up 😳
I know there is quite a lot of variation in pricing and don't want to pay over the odds! I live in the Chester / North Wales area if there are any recommendations.Posted 7 years ago
OK – I have the shifters and planning to have a go tomorrow!
Just one further question … I don't have a workstand (I know I really need to get one), so was wondering if there are any cheats when setting up the gears / spinning the pedals when adjusting the gears? I seem to remember from the dim and distant past that upending the bike to do this isn't such a good idea.
Cheers 8)Posted 7 years agofoxyriderMember
TBH I Don't use full outers necc. The XTR cable sets with the special ferrules and rubber gromits have been great and lasted ages.
You can upend the bike but doesn't always index properly – why not balance or tape the tip of the saddle on an object that juts out the wall?
Or if you have a hollowtech type system bend a bit of piping and poke it thought the drive side axle hole?Posted 7 years agojamesbMember
It is easy reallyPosted 7 years ago
DO NOT touch any adjustments on the F/ R mechs if they are changing fine still. Thread rear cable / inner thro frame stops. By hand move mech and chain to mid poiint cassette and thread inner thro mech cable clamp. Gently tighten clamp and then whislt turning pedals loosen slowly teh clamp bolt; this will enable mech to return to small cog and pull thro on cable to correct tension. Do up clamp again and should be all properly indexed and shifting. any small adjustmenst can be done on mech adjuster or lever adjuster.
Front mech such same but set chain and mech by hand onto big ring and tehn loosen off cable clamp as mech returns to samll ring. 1 hr maxm should do it
Thanks, jamesb, these sound like the sort of instructions even I can follow and they make absolute sense! I've messed up gears in the past, which is why I think twice about tinkering with them these days, but, as many have said, it really shouldn't be that difficult.
I'm almost looking forward to trying to do this tomorrow … tempting fate 😉Posted 7 years ago
Cheers! See below – I messed up the pictures, but Jamie has sorted them out for me 😳 No comments on the messy garage, please!
No more spending for now. I got a very good price on the X4, and so even with the upgrades, I've spent less than I would have on an X3 and have the components I wanted (for now) 😆Posted 7 years ago
secret squirrel – Member
It's done and everything works! Thanks to all for the great advice, and in particular to jamesb – for the cable adjustment, I needed go no further than your advice. The gears worked fine before, so there was – fortunately – no need to start fiddling with the H/L screws.
Thanks also to MSP – I had ordered the SLX, but dithered over the XT too. Only another £13 at Ribble, so bit the bullet and went for them. I must admit that I've only been up and down the road a few times to test everything, but the shifting felt amazingly crisp and fast compared to the standard Deore I took off. They were fine, but I can appreciate the difference already. I also didn't realise you could shift more than one gear at once on the XT!
Finally, the makeshift workstand was fit for purpose:
My slightly upgraded bike:
Worth trying to sell the old shifters? They are as new.
Thanks again guys
There you go 😉Posted 7 years ago
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