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Lubing Campy Ergolevers(4 posts)

Lubing Campy ErgoleversBenR
Sep 27, 2002 9:04 PM
Does anyone lube their ergolevers? If so, where and with what kind of lube? I was thinking about trying something graphite-based. I have Chorus 10 speed that is becoming a bit rough, especially in the left shifter. I'd like to see if this is the problem, but don't want to ignorantly destroy my shifters if they weren't meant to be lubed - can't find service info of this type anywhere. I'm fairly certain there aren't any mechanical issues. Cables & housing are in good shape so that likely isn't the problem either. Thanks for any suggestions.
yes they can be lubed...C-40
Sep 28, 2002 1:56 PM
There is a lubrication hole under the brake hood above the hole for the ergobrain button that is intended for lubrication.

Use a spray lube that is not harmful to plastic. I use Slick-50 "1-Lube" with teflon. If you want to really flush the lever, remove the brake hood and remove the lever from the bike. Otherwise, you'll end up with lube running under the bar tape. If lubing doesn't help, then it's time for a rebuild.

It's usually the right lever that wears out first, since it is used a lot more. Remember that Campy has a 3-year warranty. If the lever fails, campy will rebuild it without charge, but in can take up to 3 months and the lever must be returned to campy by an authorized dealer. A real pain in the butt.
Grease & oilKerry
Sep 28, 2002 5:37 PM
I've had good luck shooting ProLink or TriFlow down the lube hole while shifting through the gears. Some worry about flushing out the grease, but that has not been my experience. During the annual overhaul, I open up the levers and push grease into it. I don't take them apart, just shove grease into every nook & cranny. During the season, just oil.
Thank you both for the input.BenR
Sep 29, 2002 6:39 PM