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Gear shifter - not enough clicks

ijportwineijportwine Posts: 35
edited May 2010 in MTB workshop & tech
I am trying to fix the gears on a mates Trek 8000. The shifters, which are Deore LX, do not have enough clicks in them. Eg before the cable is attached, for the rear there are only 4 or 5 clicks , consequently only the 4 or 5 smaller cogs are accessible.

Do you think the shifter is broken, or is their some adjustment I am unaware of? I have given them a good spray of WD40, and am fitting new cables.


  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Either the ratchet is dead, or are clogged up.

    Open them up and have a look.
  • stumpyjonstumpyjon Posts: 4,069
    Have you tried putting a cable into them and loading the shifter (i.e. pulling the cable). They can feel rather funny when they aren't loaded.
    It's easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission.

    I've bought a new bike....ouch - result
    Can I buy a new bike?...No - no result
  • ijportwineijportwine Posts: 35
    Yes, I have put the cable in, but still the same issue
  • ijportwineijportwine Posts: 35
    Problem solved. Thanks for the suggestions.

    In trepidation I opened the shifters up, they looked OK. Sprayed in some degreaser, then water, followed by GT85 - both back to life now.

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