I retrieved the Shimano bar end shifters from some old handlebars and now I want to fit the shifters to new bars.
However strangely I can't fit the shifters in the new bars. See the following photo:
I don't understand why this happens: I have loosened the stick of the bar end shifter enough so the the clamps can "fall" to the centre. Here a photo to illustrate this:
Some more details:
- The new bars should have the same inner diameter than the old bars.
- Even more important; The shifters don't seem to fit back into the old bars either.
Do I overlook something? Do I do something wrong? Or are the shifters just broken?
Update 2 days later
I have payed around with the shifters - and noticed that apparently the area of the handlebars which is on the inside wide enough differs between the old and the new bar:
I found this out by using the screw with the cone head which goes through the clamps of the shifter: With an allen key I held the srew as far into the hanldebars as possible.
In the old handlebars I can fit the whole screw in:
However in the new handlebars only approx 2/3 of the screw fit in:
It explains why I cannot fit the whole shifter in the new bar even with grease and lots of wiggling!
Not sure what to make it tough: I can think of two explanations for the difference:
- Either it is a manufacturer fault. (The new bar is from the same manufacturer as the old one and both are designed for bar-ends.)
- Or newer Shimano bar-ends have a shorter stick part than older versions of Shimano shifters have.
Any ideas? (Particularly abot explanation 2.)