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Shimano Ultegra STI shifters died.(14 posts)

Shimano Ultegra STI shifters died.psychodan
May 6, 2001 8:32 PM
My Ultegra shifters have crapped out with only about 2000 mi. on them. They will downshift (to larger cogs) fine but when trying to shift with the small lever the whole assembly moves and fails to index. You have to hold the brake lever stationary to click the small lever. I have heard of similar problems from 105 shifters. Any one know of a possible fix for this problem, other than a new set of $200.00 shifter/brake levers. Also does anybody know anything about the Modolo shift/brake set?
same thing 200 milesHwy45
May 6, 2001 8:58 PM
Yes I have the same problem on a new bike. The local Performance shop here in Chicago just mailed my shifter to Shimano. I got my bike from Supergo and would've had to remove it and send it to them but Performance is handeling it for me. I have seen and responded to other posts about the same problem with Ultegra. I plan on calling Shimano with some questions. I don't want a replacement that does the same thing. I was getting used to shifting the same way. In my case it makes me question buying by mail. Good luck I wonder if you have a case even if your out of warrantee.
same thing 200 milespsychodan
May 7, 2001 7:08 AM
Well after looking at the many poor reviews of these shifters at this site I'm thinking we need a grass roots movement to force Shi(*)mano to own up to this problem. Can you say "recall" ? Ha, probably just pissin' in the wind. Well, off to the flame board to vent some more. P.S. Please , any body let me know if there' any recourse if I'm out of warrantee.
same problem this weekpeloton
May 7, 2001 8:33 AM
My Ultegra shifters did the exact thing that you describe just a couple of days ago. It isn't an isolated problem with this product. I have heard many others who have had the same malfunction. If it is under warranty, Shimano will fix it. The shifter itself isn't user servicable. If you take it apart, you will find many, many small parts inside and the job of putting it back together may become insurmountable.

Mine weren't under warranty anymore, so I bought a set of Dura-ace shifters. No comparison to Ultegra at all. No more rattles, smoother action, and the quality seems to be much higher throughout.
same problem this weekpsychodan
May 7, 2001 8:51 AM
Sorry to hear of your misfortune, and I hope the Dura-ace units stand the test of time. Personally I am having a hard time even thinking of sending $200-$220 of my hard earned cash to Shimano. Why should there be such a huge difference in the quality of Ultegra & Dura-ace? After all XT stuff is so good it hardly makes sense to spend more for XTR, unless weight is of paramount importance.I'm going to look into the Modolo units right now.
same problem this weekpeloton
May 7, 2001 12:23 PM
It's a bummer to have parts that die before their lifespan should be used up. I agree with what you have to say about XT and XTR, there is only a slight difference in the refinement of the parts. Not a reason to spend twice as much. I generally feel the same way about Ultegra vs. Dura-ace. From my experience though, the Ultegra shifters are suspect at best. The general concensus of my riding buddies is that Ultegra is great, but get Dura-ace shifters. I know a few people who have had their Ultegras just stop downshifting as you describe (myself included now). The downshifting problem was probably a blessing in the long run though, because the rattling all Ultegra shifters seem to do was starting to drive me nuts! So far the Dura-ace are a pleasure to ride with, quiet and smooth. I hope they continue to function as well in the long run as they have for many of my friends. Good luck if you go with the Modolo shifters/levers.
How can you tell if you have STI shifters?Brian C.
May 7, 2001 9:42 AM
Is it written on the assembly somewhere?
(The bike, w/Ultegra shifters, is new.)
How can you tell if you have STI shifters?simstress
May 7, 2001 10:38 AM
You probably do. STI stands for "Shimano Total Integration" or something like that and describes the shifters where the shift levers and brake levers are integrated into one unit (well actually two units-- one for each hand). Older bikes have shifters mounted on the downtube and brake levers mounted on the bars. That setup is preferred sometimes because it is lighter than STI.
What year's model?ed2
May 7, 2001 2:16 PM
What about the new 2001 Ultegra shifters with the chromed cap?
Any stories on these shifters? The rattling was supposedly fixed on these.
Ultegra STI shifters die, but Dura Ace lives on. Why?runstevierun
May 7, 2001 2:42 PM
Sorry I can't answer the post other than to offer sympathy. A couple of my riding buddies have had similar Ultegra STI experiences and abandoned Shimano for Campy as a result. I have Dura Ace of the same vintage with no problems at all. You would think that the Ultegra and Dura Ace were made the same with just a shinier finish on the Dura Ace, but no-one sems to report the Dura Aces as crapping out.
I wonder why (as I cross my fingers).
re: Shimano Ultegra STI shifters died.RecRider
May 8, 2001 8:29 PM
I'd like to know the model of your crapped shifters because I just bought a pair of a newer model (6510) less than a month ago. So far, I don't experience any problem and the rattling noise was gone because of the screwed-on cap. Are you referring to this model ?

mine were 6500 nmpeloton
May 8, 2001 10:25 PM
re: Shimano Ultegra STI shifters died.RecRider
May 8, 2001 8:30 PM
I'd like to know the model of your crapped shifters because I just bought a pair of a newer model (6510) less than a month ago. So far, I don't experience any problem and the rattling noise was gone because of the srewed-on cap. Are you referring to this model ?

re: Shimano Ultegra STI shifters died.Jerry Gardner
May 22, 2001 12:07 PM
Spray the inside of the shifter with plenty of WD40 using the thin plastic tube that comes with the can of WD40. Wiggle the small lever around while you're doing this.