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Dura Ace 9 speed lever(7 posts)

Dura Ace 9 speed leversiclmn
Jun 24, 2001 3:18 PM
I have a Dura Ace 9 speed lever that is requiring a very heavy press of the finger to get it to shift down through all 9 gears. When it was new it only took a light pressure. Maybe I should have gotten Ultegra? Is there any way to lube it? I have only 1400 miles of shifting on it.
check the cables firstHank
Jun 24, 2001 3:35 PM
Make sure the cables and housing are in good condition and properly lubed.
re: Dura Ace 9 speed leverVon Zip
Jun 24, 2001 8:11 PM
This sounds like a cable problem like Hank suggested. I would check the cable in question and if it is suspect, replace it with a new shimano sti housing and cable. I do not think that these newer cables need to be greased.
re: Dura Ace 9 speed leverHank
Jun 24, 2001 11:00 PM
I use light oil on der cables and grease on brake cables. On the rear der of my mtb, I use Gortex cables - fantastic.
Maybe you should upgrade to Campy!!!Dog
Jun 25, 2001 6:48 AM
lateral moveHank
Jun 25, 2001 9:17 AM
anyway, I already have a bike that's all 80s Super Record.
There was a problem with.....Spokeman
Jun 25, 2001 3:02 PM
the first run of the 2nd generation 9spd lever (first gen did not have dust covers over the shifter cable heads and a few other minor tweaks). Shimano is warranting these levers if they fail. You will have to take it into your LBS or send it to Shimano direct.

I had the exact same problem and that is how I found this out. Sounds like you have the same thing.