If anyone has any idea how to get the broken end of a cable out of a twist grip shifter mechanism I would love to hear them. The shifters are Shimano Revoshift. The cable runs through a plastic guide and the end is completely recessed so there is no purchase on it. The plastic is one moulded unit so there is no access to the cable.

I have tried lubricating it and pushing it through from the other end to no avail.

Many thanks! Gill enter image description here

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  • what's the silver nub in the last photo? is that the cable end?
    – Paul H
    Nov 16, 2020 at 22:53
  • It is. It is recessed in a plastic part.
    – Gill
    Nov 17, 2020 at 9:14

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When an "O" ring pick fails I used a small drill bit. First attempt is to drill a small hole in the (1/8 inch or smaller) cable anchor. Carefully try to start a small sheet metal screw into the drilled hole. pull on the screw with pliers. Method 2, drill a small hole through the plastic part just behind the anchor. Use an "O" ring pick to push the anchor out.

  • I will try the screw method. Thank you!
    – Gill
    Nov 17, 2020 at 9:15
  • Needle nose pliers, a lot of patience and some soapy water.
    – Carel
    Nov 17, 2020 at 12:12
  • So I tried the various methods but in the end the plastic casing broke. I picked up a replacement from Decathlon but I really don't like it. Not crisp clicks at all. It works though. I might try out a different one at some point. Thank you all!
    – Gill
    Nov 20, 2020 at 13:22

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