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Gears won't index properly

StuwwStuww Posts: 203
edited March 2009 in The workshop
I'm just in the process of tidying up my old Giant escape M1 to sell to a colleague.

The only problem I'm having is that the gears won't index properly.

I can get them to index fine in one direction, but then not the other.

I've checked the cables aren't frayed and catching, they seem fine.

Would a warn chain cause this problem?

Any tips as to what else to look for.




  • robbarkerrobbarker Posts: 1,367
    Assuming the direction it won't shift it is down the cassette, it's a classic symptom of a sticking cable.
  • BhimaBhima Posts: 2,145
    Clean out the cables/housings.

    Which shifters are you using? Cheaper plasticy ones tend to go "out" after a bit.
  • StuwwStuww Posts: 203
    Sussed it!!

    Taking the gear lever housing off I found a small birds nest of frayed wire... guess I need a new cable!

    Shame I just ordered a new chain and cassette thinking they were worn and affecting the gear change!

    Oh well my colleague will have some new shiny bits he wasn't banking on getting!
  • BhimaBhima Posts: 2,145
    Just keep the chain and cassette. You'll need to replace them eventually.
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