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Campy ergo lever stuck - won't shift(6 posts)

Campy ergo lever stuck - won't shiftMcAndrus
May 6, 2003 4:56 AM
Just looking for a little mechanical help. I was adjusting my front derailleur last night and the left ergo lever jammed and now it won't shift at all: up or down.

I've had this happen before and if I monkey with it long enough I know it'll come free again. I'm hoping that someone knows an easy way to free it up as I'd hate to do something stupid to it.
May 6, 2003 5:27 AM
My levers have gotten squeaky or wouldn't shift. I would just flood them with tri-flow and let them sit for a while. Everything seemed to turn out. Check out my thread about half way down the page re: ergolevers

It's not old - just stuckMcAndrus
May 6, 2003 6:06 AM
I did that to loosen up a pair of used Chorus levers I bought on e-Bay and it worked fine. In this case the lever just got stuck while I was attaching and unattaching the cable, shifting up and down: you know, the kind of fiddling you'd do when adjusting a derailleur.

I'm thinking if I completely remove the cable it might free up as well - maybe the end tab is stuck inside the lever?
same thing here; frayed cable inside the lever nmDougSloan
May 6, 2003 6:35 AM
re: Campy ergo lever stuck - won't shiftSteve Bailey
May 6, 2003 10:21 AM
My Centaur occasionaly sticks after shifting to the extreme cable tension position - big ring/derailer as far from ST as possible.

Seems the up shift lever (under the body) doesn't alway's spring back. I just give it a push to the outside and the lever clears.

Steve B.
Working now - oh, wellMcAndrus
May 7, 2003 4:54 AM
Last night I decided to do some more extensive maintenance. I replaced the front derailleur, moved the levers on the bar, replaced the derailleur cable, new bar tape. When I started, it still wouldn't shift. When I removed the old cable from the shifter it then shifted like it was brand new. The cable, though, was in good condition with no visible fraying or other problems. Maybe it just needed some stroking.

Now it has a new cable and derailleur and is working just fine. Like I said, if I fiddle with it long enough it'll work again.