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Add/remove sprockets on cassette to customize gear ratios

I have a Shimano 105 10-speed cassette on my road bike, with sprockets 11-12-13-14-15-17-...-28 (I don't know by heart what comes between 17 and 28). I'd like to remove the 11, and put a 16 between ...
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Alfine 11-speed - what is needed to install it? What are common problems when installing?

This is an expensive and heavy hub but I'm looking to build a new wheel and strip the rear derailleur off my old Trek MTB. It already has a fixed Ritchey carbon fork and front disc and is a nice ...
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How to fit BB bearings to install Ultegra Crank on road bike Wilier Cento 1

I've bought a used Wilier Cento 1 carbon road bike frame (not the new Cento1SR, but the previous model). Now I would like to transfer all Ultegra 6700 groupset components from my existing bike to it. ...
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Can you use a 8 speed Shimano shifter with a 7 speed cassette?

I want to use an 8-speed shifter with a 7-speed cassette. I saw this question, but I am unsure if this would work, since I believe the spacing is the same between a 7- and 8-speed, but the length is ...
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Can't downshift rear derailer

I'm trying to fix my wife's bicycle which sat out all winter. I can't get the rear derailer to downshift from the twist grip shifter. I have inspected and cleaned and lubricated the cables, nothing ...
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What is the purpose of greasing BB threads?

As is known for Shimano sealed bottom bracket cartages (e.g. page 16 here), if the BB cup is made out of metal, grease should be applied to the frame-cup thread. If the cup is plastic, grease should ...
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Remove front derailleur without breaking chain

I recently purchased a Diadora Orbita bike from SportChek. As I was riding it my front derailleur got bent and now I can't use my pedals. So, my question is, can I remove the Shimano FD-TY18 front ...
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Shimano Cassette Change

I have a Shimano compact double on my road bike with an 11-28 Cassette (50-34 Chainrings). I would like to change the cassette to 11-32. Is that possible and if it is are there other components I ...
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Shimano Pedals M520

I recently replaced an old pair of Tioga clipless pedals with a new pair of Shimano M520 pedals. Compared to my old pedals, the Shimano pedals have much more side to side play in them. Is there an ...
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crankset compatability

I am wondering if I would be able to run the 105 5800 crankset with my 9 speed ultegra 5600 shifters/rd? I don't have the funds to do the whole groupset at once, and I believe upgrading to 11 speed ...
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Bottom bracket creaking

I replaced my bottom bracket with a Shimano 113mm cartridge. Now 3 months later its making a creaking noise; the sound goes when free wheeling though. Do l need a new cartridge?
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Why are my Shimano R540 SPD SL Road Pedals incredibly stiff to clip out of?

I'm new to clip less riding. I just purchased and installed Shimano R540 SPD SL Road Pedals for my bike. I also got Shimano R064 SPD SL Road Shoes. I have been practising clipping in and out indoors ...
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Which chainring? Shimano M785

So I've never changed a chainring before. But the first step is finding the right one. I have a Cube Hyde SL 2012 . It describes the crankset as Shimano Deore XT FC-M785 Hollowtech II 42x26T., ...
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Where can I get U.S. size 15B SPD clipless shoes?

I want to get some large clipless shoes for an indoor stationary cycle at my gym, which I presume uses SPD. I wear a U.S. size 15B and it is difficult to find shoes that long, let alone with a narrow ...
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Torque for Shimano Alfine 8/11 Speed Internally Geared Hub Axle Nuts?

I Googled for this, but couldn't find the proper torque (in Newton-meters) for Shimano Alfine 8- and 11-speed IGH axle nuts. I'm putting the hub back on the bike after removing the rear wheel. I'm no ...
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Can I change from short to long derailleur to increase cog size

I am have a tiagra 11-25 10 speed cassette with short cage. I am a poor climber and looking for extra gear; I would like to go 11-32 for this year until my climbing improves, will the short cage ...
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Shimano Nexus 7 speed IGH, high gears tight shift

I have the popular Shimano, Nexus 7 speed, internal gear hub. After removing the back wheel to replace the old tire, I've found that changing gears especially from 5 to 6 and 6 to 7 (especially the ...
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Attaching crank arm with Shimano SLX M660

Firstly, apologies if this question has tones of frustration, my new crank set and bottom bracket has never been installed correctly, so I am going to do it myself. Should the drive spline on the ...
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Why doesn't Shimano use shadow technology on road derailleurs?

Shimano has been using their 'Shadow' technology on their high-end mountain bike rear derailleurs (> Deore) for many years. In addition to the benefit described in the images below (from here), ...
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Upgrading from 50/34 to 50/39 with Shimano Sora?

I have a road-biased hybrid that came with a compact 110mm BCD 50/34 Shimano Sora crankset and chainrings. I'd like to upgrade the inner ring to 39, but I'm having some trouble figuring out what to ...
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Is the XTR Di2 battery compatible with Ultegra Di2?

I'm considering installing an Ultegra Di2 groupset on a small road bike. The space below the water bottle bosses is too little to install the regular road Di2 battery, but the XTR SM-BTC1 Di2 battery ...
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What Size Screw Holds the Up and Down Shifting Levers on Ultegra Shifter?

There's a screw on the back of my Ultegra (circa 2000) shifters that holds the down shifting (on the right side) inner lever, to the up shifting outer/longer lever. I've long struggled with it ...
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Pads in contact with disk when idle on my SLX L675 disk brakes

I've recently bought a Nishiki Hyper pro which features the hydraulic Shimano SLX L675 brake system. What I've found is that the pads on the back wheel breaks appear to be in constant light contact ...
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Shimano Alivio M4000 vs Altus M370 shifters

I'm planning to upgrade my shifters to Alivio M4000. My old shifters are Altus M370. My question is will this make a significant differrence on my shifting? I'm running Altus M310 FD with Alivio M4000 ...
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Upgrading Cube Aim 29 2013

I'm thinking about upgrading my bike Cube Aim 29 2013. Current configuration described here. The bike is completely ok for short rides, but for longer rides doesn't feel comfortable. So I'm going to ...
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Are my brakes too close to the rim?

I like having my front brakes very close to the rim (see image) as it makes it much easier to brake, especially when on the hoods or long descents. I recently swapped to Continental GP4000 25mm tires ...
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Shimano Nexus Inter-3 internal gear hub stuck in second gear?

The situation My Shimano Nexus Inter-3 internal gear hub is stuck in second gear (it's a 3-gear hub). When I take the external cable housing apart, I can move the pin that goes inside to change gears, ...
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7 speed to 8 or 9 speed cassette change

this is my first time here and i am new in the bike sport. I have a mtb for a month now and i usually use it for road trips with some dirt intervals. It has a 7 speed shimano cassette (14-34) and on ...
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Shimano short cage rear derailleur capacity

Can an Ultegra or 105 short cage RD handle a 30T ?
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Can I convert from a 52/42/30 crankset to 50/39/30?

I need to update my 9 speed triple crankset at 52/42/30, and those combinations seem difficult to find when I'm also looking to upgrade. A more common teeth combination seems to be 50/39/30, but I'm ...
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Are Shimano Hollowtech II bottom bracket spacers unique?

I'm moving my Shimano Hollowtech II XT crankset and bottom bracket over from a bike with 73mm bottom bracket to a 68mm bike. The only problem is that I only have 1 spacer and now I need 3 bottom ...
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Can I change my 7-speed rear derailleur to an 8-speed?

I bought a 2013 Cannondale Quick 6 Hybrid for my daily commute almost exactly a year ago, and I'm looking to give it some upgrades. It currently has a 7-speed Shimano Altus derailleur, and I was ...
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Campagnolo Record C9 / Shimano CS-HG200-9 incompatibility

I drive cheap Shimano cassettes together with Campagnolo Record C9 chains. Yesterday I installed a new C9 and a CS-HG200-9. But the chain sort of slips over the sprockets, not unlike really worn ...
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Are Campagnolo and Shimano 11 speed chains interchangeable?

I have an Athena 11 speed group set, but can get a good deal on the Shimano 9000 chain. Does anyone know of any reports of issues combining the two?
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Converting 80s bike to indexed shifters

I've just bought an early 80s steel framed bike with unindexed stem mounted shifters. As I plan to use the bike for commuting, I'd like to change the rear mech to use trigger shifters. I'm not so ...
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Problem setting up Shimano 5800 levers for the first time

This is my second attempt to setup a Shimano 5800 groupset from scratch. The problem on both bikes has been that downshifting worked to a point, but upshifting never works. The process isn't detailed ...
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Can't setup shifting on Shimano Nexus 7 after unscrewing wheel

I had to unscrew rear wheel to replace inner tube. I haven't fully detached it, just to the moment I was able to replace tube. After reattaching wheel I can't setup gears shifting (that's my first ...
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Specialized Rock Hopper (1987) - Service

I was wondering if anyone might have a service manual of some description for a vintage Specialized Rock Hopper(1987 - Yellow)? I have googled this for hours and hours and have tried contacting ...
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Should brake fluid come out of a misaligned disc caliper piston?

I have a shimano XT hydraulic disc brake system. While servicing it I took out the pads an checked the pistons in the caliper and noticed that only one is extracting. After a few pulls on the lever ...
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Shimano 105 10 and 11 speed compatibility

currently i have on my bike the Shimano 105 system (2 years old) with 10 speed cassette. Currently i am buying a new wheelset (Fulcrum racing zero) made for shimano 11 cassette. I was told that i can ...
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Is it possible to upgrade Shwinn Willy to use an internal gear hub?

I have a Shwinn Willy (single speed). My commute is 6 miles each way on flat road with a bike section. There's only one 'hilly' section. A single speed bike is too slow. Everyone keeps passing me. I ...
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Is the 9-speed Sora crankset compatible with 105 11-speed chain?

I'm thinking of upgrading my bike, which has a Sora 9-speed system on it (50/34 chainset). The upgrade is for esthetic reasons - i simply like the look of the internal cable routing. That being said, ...
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Avoid problems with ratchet straps to fasten MTB shoes

With shoes like those shown below, when you adjust the buckle to the most tight position, the release handle is blocked (IMHO, this is due to bad engineering but cannot be changed.) Usually, this ...
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shimano 105 brake/shifter won't move under tension

When I tension the cable normally the shifter won't move. With very little tension on the cable it will tick as normal. Any idea what could be wrong? Is it reasonable to try to repair it, or is ...
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Upgrading a Specialized Sirrus 2015?

Not having biked since I was a kid I went ahead and bought a Sirrus 2015 (the base model) for commuting 2x a week (~100 km weekly total) with a view to do 3-5 days. I've done about 1000km on it so ...
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Shimano Hollowtech II bottom bracket: milling the frame necessary?

In a bike shop I recently asked for bottom brackets. The seller said, when choosing a Hollowtech II bottom bracket (like SM-BB70), compared to Octalink/square taper bottom brackets the outer (lateral) ...
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Is Ultegra 9 speed compatible with Sora 9 speed?

I have a 1999 Specialized Allez Comp with original Ultegra 9 components (see description). Things are starting to get old (e.g. right shifter doesn't work well). I think it is time to partially ...
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Older XTR cranks - replace or adapt?

I've been using Shimano XTR cranks since my bike was assembled in 2002 (fc-m952?). I've replaced the rings a few times in the past (though not in several years) but it appears that these cranks were ...
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Shimano FC-M521 middle chainring replacement

What exact torque should be applied to secure the double gear fixing bolt (Y-1FM98020) ? And what tool is usually used to fix the nut without damaging it while tightening the bolt?
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Do Shimano disc brakes need post mount spacers?

I am switching my rear Avid Elixir brake for a Shimano XT one, but I am a bit unsure about mounting the caliper. The Avid brakes had spacers that put the brakes in the right position for the 160 mm ...