VNTech wrote:The changes to 9001 have nothing to do with the cable issues. They were cosmetic, adding a cover on the inside of the shifter, between the hood and the brake lever.
Shimano does not believe it has a problem except in select, long-mileage cases. That's the quote. We had one break here at VN and they sent someone over to add a notched housing ferule to the right hand shifter housing, and greased the hell out of the cable. They also made a running change to the cables, adding more of whatever slickening agent they had been using before.
But that's it. They said the only reported cases had come from high mileage users who had not changed the cables.
Intrigued by notched ferule. Is this a change that could be copied by modding a
standard ferule? If so ? pics/diagram of notched one?
VNTech wrote:The bike we had the failure on had about 8k miles I believe.
I had about the same on mine before the same issue.
Compared to other brands (and the fact I've not had this happen with them), "high mileage" is an interesting reason to give...
Why can't brands simply admit when they've not gotten something right? It's not a murder trial - and we'd have a lot more respect for it.
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Not saying breaking doesn't happen. But I've tens of thousands of km's on Campag and now 9000 and the speed at which it occurs is a whole quicker in 9000. Which, it must be said, is about the only downfall of the groupset (brakes with poor modulation and a non-dedicated brake lever being the others).
Please keep us updated.
I bought my shifters from Merlin Cycles, but I am living in Turkey.
Since I bought them from UK, I guess that I need to get them serviced in UK too.
After I get a few positive information about getting new shifters, I will demand a change too from them.
I will be in UK for 3 months in the summer time, so I can wait some and get things much more faster there...
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