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half way through my ergo lever rebuild...helpishmael
Jan 7, 2002 7:31 AM
my right hand lever wasnt clicking into gear as it used to so i took it apart. ive found that i definately have a broken g spring but im not sure about another part which looks like it has cracked all the way through. does the part that the g springs connect to have a crack all the way through? it looks like it shouldnt. thats one problem. i then decided to put it all back together just to make sure i could so ill be ok to order the parts and put them in myself, but, i cant figure where the first spring connects to. one end goes into the little hole that's attached to the thumb button but i cant find where the other long end goes. i thought that i might have bent it but the exploded diagram i have shows it to have the one inch spike. mine has slight bends which i couldnt see in the diagram. the diagram shows it pointing up in the lever but theres nowhere for it to fit. the more info on rebuilding you can share the better. thanks. even after taking it apart i still dont know how it works, most complicated part of the bike by far.
Here's a link that should helpSteve Davis
Jan 7, 2002 9:26 AM
that link has gotten me this farishmael
Jan 7, 2002 9:45 AM
im using their diagram and its not totally accurate regarding the direction of the springs.
that link has gotten me this farDiggler
Jan 8, 2002 10:27 AM
try this post....its what i followed!!jdodd
Jan 8, 2002 4:22 PM

when i rebuilt my levers the circular metal retainer that the g spring connects to was should be replaced if thats the case with yours

Also to find out where the spring seats.....look at the other should be able to see the spring without taking it apart.
try this post....its what i followed!!mackgoo
Jan 8, 2002 6:56 PM
Actually this is an excellent link. This should get you through it.
re: half way through my ergo lever rebuild...helpmackgoo
Jan 8, 2002 6:55 PM
That spring fits into the index ratchet. There is a slot in the side of the ratchet. The long end goes through the slot and points up into the top part of the Ergo lever. There is a slot in the lever that the spring fits into. The the spring is actually laying in the index ratchet, the long end points out the ratchet and into the Ergo body the other end of the spring is pointing up to fit in the thumb button. Also there's what is called the ratchet bushing, it looks like a washer. it goes between the index spring carrier, that's the piece with the long post and the index ratchet. That washer has a square indent. The indent should be facing towards the index ratchet. The piece the spring fits in.
Maybe Shimano is betterpmf1
Jan 9, 2002 4:47 AM
Since you can't take Shimano levers apart, the temptation to do so isn't there. I know if I tried taking an ergo lever apart I'd pretty quickly be staring at a pile of springs, screws and gears that I'd have no idea what to do with.
Maybe Shimano is bettermackgoo
Jan 9, 2002 5:09 AM
Your right may be for you Shimano is better, while others apreciate the fact the manufacturer has the confidance in it's consumer that it can keep it's equipment working. And that it can stay solvent with out having to sell components every few years.Their products can be updated over the years to be up to spec with the lattest available technology. Some of us apreciate and enjoy seeing,learning, understanding how our equipment operates and then taking an active role in fixing it. There's satisfaction in that. If a Shimano STI get's sloppy I doubt the average guy will replace it he'll go with it until it breaks may be a few years latter. If an Ergo get's sloppy, 30$ and an hour and that component is as good as new. Mechanicaly as good as the day it was taken out of the box.
Campagnolo does publish a tech manual where all of this is published, how to rebuild that is. A person just needs to spend the 5$ to get it.