Forum home Road cycling forum Road beginners

Shimano 105 and shims

JafaremrafJafaremraf Posts: 26
edited July 2016 in Road beginners
Has anyone any experience of having shims fitted to 105 shifters? I have small hands, and whilst I manage to brake from the hoods, I cannot reach the levers from the drops. I can barely touch the levers never mind pull them! I've heard of shims, but I wonder if they work well, or if by having them, it may cause difficulties then braking from the hoods?


  • andcpandcp Posts: 644
    My wife uses them and they're fine - no issues with shifting or braking.
    "It must be true, it's on the internet" - Winston Churchill
  • Orange172Orange172 Posts: 3
    Aren't 105 shifters adjustable. Pull the top of the rubber back (top of the hoods) and there is a screw to adjust the lever inwards. I recently saw a video on you tube because I'm having the same issue.
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 11,735
    Fitted shims to my 105s when I had a bike fit, as I have girly size hands apparently size 8 with shortish fingers. They work for me still struggle a bit to get a proper handheld on the brakes when on the drops but I can improve that by getting different shaped handlebars. I tend to ride on the hoods most of the time so don't really need full on braking on the drops very often. Very easy job from memory to fit the shims which come in a couple of different sizes.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,922
    They were fitted to my 5700 shifters from new and never got round to taking them out till I swapped the parts over to a new frame. Think I've still got them if you want them.
    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
Sign In or Register to comment.