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I’m finishing setting up a new bike, and right as I finished bleeding and shifting around the left shifter (r7025), this little stamped steel bit fell out. enter image description here

It’s about 11mm in diameter and 0.5mm thick. I have no idea where it came from beyond “somewhere in the left shifter’s mechanism.” I couldn’t see anything obvious on the right shifter that looked similar and was hoping someone could ID this thing and might know where it fits back into the assembly so I don’t have to mess with it more than necessary.

For reference: it fell out as I finished positioning the brake lever after bleeding. It doesn’t seem especially related to anything hydraulic.

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    I can't see that clip on the parts diagram, but here's a link on the off chance it helps you or someone. si.shimano.com/api/publish/storage/pdf/en/ev/ST-R7025/… – Weiwen Ng Dec 22 '20 at 22:23
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    @DavidD my point was that I don't see that clip anywhere on the diagram. I included it on the off chance that someone might be able to identify that it's part of one of the other parts. Per comments on Kibbee's answer, a similar part may help retain the STI lever blade, but you don't need to take that item out to bleed the hydraulic system. – Weiwen Ng Dec 22 '20 at 22:38
  • It's a plain, vanilla C clip. Could have come from anywhere. – Daniel R Hicks Dec 23 '20 at 1:59
  • Perhaps contact the seller of the shifters or Shimano themselves for a warranty if you don’t feel confident riding a bike with an potentially missing part. – MaplePanda Dec 23 '20 at 7:26
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    I've heard it called a "jesus clip". From removal with the improper tool, which usually ends with a "fting" noise and the remark "jesus, where did that go?" (aka circlip) Check the shafts, but yours could well be surplus to requirement following a similar incident. – Brian Drummond Dec 23 '20 at 11:36
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Providing the 7900 is the same, I’m sure it is but someone more qualified can chip in if it’s different.

7900 Exploded

How did it fall out ? Shimano have a proper tool for removing them.

Info from here Fawkes

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    Excellent finding ! This is exactly what OP needs. – Criggie Dec 22 '20 at 22:30
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    Interesting. A clearer diagram is here. It's under the maintenance section. This part seems to be in play when you take the entire shifter blade out on the 7900 levers. There may be a parallel part for other STI levers. However, this doesn't involve the hydraulic part of the lever, as far as I can see. si.shimano.com/pdfs/si/SI-6RT0A-004-ENG.PDF – Weiwen Ng Dec 22 '20 at 22:35
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    Interestingly, both shifters have the diagrammed e-clip installed correctly. I don’t see any other posts or rods that seem like they’d have this size clip, so I guess I have to assume it was lying around the garage or a surplus part accidentally left under the hoods during manufacture – Ben Dec 22 '20 at 23:13
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That specific item is called an e-clip and it would usually go around something round to hold it in place. I would not use the bike until you figure out where it should go as the brakes will probably not work properly without it.

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  • Thank you for providing the name! I was able to do a bit more googling with it to corroborate Dan’s answer. – Ben Dec 22 '20 at 23:14
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Tying everything said in various answers and comments together: Shimano calls the item in question an e-ring, but Kibbee says e-clip may be the more general term. As stated by Kibbee and Criggie, e-rings usually hold something like a post in place. And it appears that the e-ring is linked to a post that holds the lever blades in place (these are the things you pull to brake, or push to shift).

While it doesn’t appear to be documented in the replacement parts diagram for the R7025 shifters, Shimano does still sell the clips and posts as replacement items. I guess this would be useful if you broke the lever blades. The blades are also available as replacement parts, but they seem pretty expensive, and if you're in this situation it could be worth scouring eBay for single STI shifters or ones that have broken from other causes. The picture below is the replacement post and axle for the 8000 series, sold by SJS Cycles in the UK. It claims compatibility with 7000 and 9100. There are different listings for other models of STI shifters, e.g. here is the one for the 6800 and similar era units. Shimano also sell a specialized removal tool to fit the e-ring.

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A manual for the 7900 STI levers (Dura Ace, second 10 speed generation) documents how to remove the post. The pictures in question are under the maintenance section. You'd use the special tool I mentioned earlier (also pictured in the image shown by Dan K, also shown in the manual I linked) to push the e-ring off the post. However, end users should not have to do this regularly. The shifting internals in STI levers certainly don't need regular maintenance. They will eventually wear out, but that should take a while. The internals are very complex and have very small parts, and are not generally possible to service by hand.

It does not appear that any of the parts involved in bleeding the brakes would involve getting near the shift lever blades, or that the bleed process involves moving a different post or an e-ring. A scan of the bleed process documented in the dealer manual seems to confirm this. Fortunately, the OP confirmed that both their STI units had the e-rings present. The origin of the pictured e-ring must remain an eternal mystery.

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Concur with Kibbee - These are often used to retain a post or pin so they can't slide out. These clips are not load bearing, but they stop a load-bearing axle/pin from moving. I'd suspect it is from the pivot's shaft, so if your main pin moved/bound up then your braking would be compromised.

You're looking for a groove in a round part, something like these:

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NOTE that last one is poorly installed with only one of the three tabs inside the groove.

When you find the empty groove, you should be able to click the E clip over the shaft. It will offer resistance, then CLICK into place.


There is a small chance its just rubbish that ended up in the area, and might have no practical use in your shifter, or that it may have come from another part of the bike while in transit.


The shimano docs are at https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/product/component/shimano105-r7000/ST-R7025-L.html but I can't find an exploded parts diagram there. Some more googling and link following might help you.

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    I added the exploded parts diagram in a comment on the original question. Unfortunately, I don't see the clip in question in that diagram (but you might have sharper eyes than I). – Weiwen Ng Dec 22 '20 at 22:32

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