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It's not uncommon. Some Shimano shifters are prone to breaking off near the head in the shifter and it can be a bugger to get that little bit out of the shifter. My wife has Ultegra 9sp and I have to replace her cable about every 12-18 months. She can now tell when it's beginning to fray because the shifting gets dodgy before it completely breaks.


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It's unusual to have to replace cables every year, you'd expect several years of lifetime under any normal circumstances, even without maintenance. So it could be that you got a duff cable, or it could be that the bike is left in a particularly harsh environment, or it could just be that your memory is playing tricks. But whatever the reason, brake cables ...


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If you pull the inner wire by hand while spinning the pedals, does the rear derailleur move the chain to all 8 cogs on the rear cassette? (suspend the bike in a workstand or hang from something with a rope to make this easier) Does the shifter (the part on the handlebars) click through 8 different positions as you press the buttons? Can you feel it pulling ...



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