- SRAM X7 shifter – sticking down change lever
This is becoming quite frustrating as I can’t fix it. The down shift lever on my 2010 X7 9 speed shifters is sticking. It doesn’t return as it did when you shift down. This is the silver thumb lever.
Got new cables today in a hope that that was it. I’ve had the whole thing apart, cleaned it, oiled etc. and thought I’d fixed it several times. But as soon as it’s back on the bike and tensioned up it sticks again. Shifts fine, just doesn’t return.
Anyone any ideas?Posted 4 years agochico66Member
I’d something similar on one of my X9 shifters. Turned out the allen screw that goes up the middle was sticking on the bush that the lever rotates on as the allen screw goes through. Can’t actually remember what I did, probably gave it a rub with fine emery cloth to increase the clearance a bit. Been fine ever since. Not sure if the X7 is the same design.
Kudos if you’ve had it apart successfully. I thought I’d just open mine a little bit for a look-see, after all how hard could it be to reassemble?
The next three hours were quite interesting!Posted 4 years ago
Tried a few things tonight, still no joy. Seems slightly better but not by much.
With no load on the cable the lever returns fine. I think the design is flawed. There is nothing to hold the internals dead centre. The mechanism seems to just float inside the case. Therefore I think the loading of the cable pulls the mechanism off centre. This then causes
the lever to rub and not return fully. That’s my theory at least…
Every online teardown/guide seems to relate to model that’s not mine. Seems SRAM changed the internal design every year.Posted 4 years ago
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