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has anyone disconnected the gearing of an STI for good?(6 posts)

has anyone disconnected the gearing of an STI for good?SteveO
Apr 23, 2002 11:20 AM
i'd like to remove my front derailer, but i have STI. I was wondering if anyone knows whether

1. the derailer cable is necessary for tension in the lever (i.e., will the lever be 'floppy' without the cable?), and

2. any nice ideas on closing the cable-entry hole in the lever.

Thanks for any input
(oh, levers are 105 if that matters).
re: Sounds like the job calls for a retro lever.dzrider
Apr 23, 2002 11:58 AM
It shouldn't cost much and you could leave your STI lever as is. You may decide you want or need your f der some day.
re: Sounds like the job calls for a retro lever.SteveO
Apr 24, 2002 3:10 AM
i wanted to keep the hoods symetrical, since i spend most of my time up there. i plan on keeping the STI intact should i decide to return to 18. thanks for the input.
I've done itterry b
Apr 23, 2002 1:44 PM
went to downtube on the front because I got tired of Ultegra shifting. Disconnected and pulled the cable. Brakes are fine and the inner shifter gives you something to fool around with on long, boring rides.

Thought about grinding down the housing where the cable used to exit, but decided to leave it.
yeah...SteveO
Apr 24, 2002 3:13 AM
got bored last night so i started dissecting the lever... i see it should work fine; never even considered the bonus of satisfying my fidget-finger with the moot shifter..hahah.

outta curiosity, did you plug the cable exit, or just leave the hole open?

thanks for the input.
left it openterry b
Apr 24, 2002 5:13 AM
on a fast descent it gives a nice atonal whistle.