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Shimano warranty crap(12 posts)

Shimano warranty crapdave woof
Jul 9, 2003 8:58 AM
I'm stuck.
I have a failed left DA lever, non flight deck. LBS won't trade me for a new one, citing 'their dealer takes a hit' etc...

If I send it to Shimano it will take 2 weeks turnaround, during which time I cannot ride. (ugh).

Excel sports doesn't carry non-flightdeck and can't do a warranty exchange without the same two week problem from shimano.


Anyone have any ideas?


Dave Woof
Left lever?pitt83
Jul 9, 2003 9:12 AM
Choose a ring and ride with it. You'll still be able to ride, just not quite what you're used to. Could be an interesting challenge.
whole-heartedly agree nmJS Haiku Shop
Jul 9, 2003 9:36 AM
#1 reason to have more than one fully assembled bike (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Jul 9, 2003 9:40 AM
Dave, forgot to suggestJS Haiku Shop
Jul 9, 2003 9:45 AM

$50 bucks overnighted from excel? can't hurt to have a spare set, and you'd be shifting for 2 weeks while the left STI pod was in limbo.
How do you mount those on the barrel adjuster stops?pitt83
Jul 9, 2003 9:50 AM
Or do you use a loop over the downtube? What if you've got an oval downtube? Special braze on only on certain frames?

I was going to go over with a rebuild, but couldn't figure it out. Went for another set of STI replacements, but wanted to get by cheaper than those.
you don'tJS Haiku Shop
Jul 9, 2003 10:30 AM
unless there's an adapter out there someplace.

all frames i've had so far have downtube braze-ons. some frames don't, but my suggestion to Dave was assuming his does. otherwise, this won't work.

however, he could get bar-end shifters for $10 more.
Thanks for the reality checkpitt83
Jul 9, 2003 10:39 AM
I couldn't figure that one out. I wasn't so psyched about bar enders, so went back to what I knew.
I agree on the down tubes, if your frame'll take themAllUpHill
Jul 9, 2003 10:58 AM
A handy and cheap backup item to have. I think they may be the cheapest from Nashbar.
#1 reason to go Campy. hee hee :) nmNo_sprint
Jul 9, 2003 9:53 AM
Get a set of 105's for back-up, or an old 8-speed (nm)Paul
Jul 9, 2003 10:22 AM
Left shifting is pretty much the same through the years.jw25
Jul 9, 2003 10:59 AM
So an older STI shifter will do just fine. The hood might feel different, but it'll shift, and you can keep it as a spare in case the DA fails again (hope not, though. I'm riding the non-Flightdecks, and really, really like them.)
The barend would work as well, but recabling's a pain. With the STI, you won;t even need to rewrap the bar, as you can use the clamp from the DA to hold the other lever. Neat, huh?
I know Ebay has some older, 8 speed levers out there, as well as 9 speed 105. Pick something you like, or ask around your LBS's. Never know what's on a shelf somewhere.