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    Shimano's solution - Put some tape on it.

    I went to the Black Hills Fat Tire Festival a couple of weeks ago and was talking to the shimano rep about the little replacement disks they have to replace the gear indicator that is on their shifters. He said that they no longer had them for my shifters. I can except that even though they are only three years old and I would think they would have some around somewhere but what really turned me off about the whole thing was the way he said, "You can put some tape on it." It was more of the attitude then the actual comment that bugged me. I have six bikes that have all shimano components and for what their components cost I was expecting a little more professionalism. No matter. I guess, put some tape on it is a trick not only used by the low brow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfronk1 View Post
    ... but what really turned me off about the whole thing was the way he said, "You can put some tape on it." It was more of the attitude then the actual comment that bugged me. .
    Steve Jobs would have said, "don't hold it that way"

    Least you have a choice in your wallet voting machine for future decisions.

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    Only three years in solar time. That's six model years ago for Shimano. I'm suprised the rep didn't ask why not just replace the entire grouppo?

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    who actually pays attention to gear indicators anyway?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    I <3 single speed.

    Just spent the evening in the garage doing bike maintenance on an assortment of geared bikes. The ss didn't really need it, but i went ahead and lubed the chain anyways.

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    Hey, that's the same fix I have for my check engine light!

    I wouldn't get too worked up about it. The guy's just being honest. It's a mountain bike. Mountain bikes get the crap beat out of them. If he told you to tape a derailleur or brake lever back together it would be an issue. Don't sweat the inconsequential stuff.

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    People actually look at those gear indicator windows? I would wreck myself.

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    yet another reason to switch to sram

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    check the actual shifter, the cap maybe attached to it already. mine was snapped into the shifter body kind of out of sight...
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    I dont actually look at them but I was looking to replace them so it would allow more options with mounting positions of the brake. With the indicators gone you can mount the brake to the inside and it is still in reach. I checked the back. The disks came on some versions but not the ones I had on that bike. I have a couple set of XTs that they did come on so that was helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfronk1 View Post
    I went to the Black Hills Fat Tire Festival a couple of weeks ago
    Total threadjack, but how was riding in the Black Hills? Thinking of heading up there later this summer and riding the Centennial trail. Debating between that or Durango.
    "Serves you right to suffer." -The Wife (after being 2 hours late)

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    Quote Originally Posted by getupgetdown View Post
    yet another reason to switch to sram


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    schittmano's solution for everything is planned obsolesence

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    I use some pieces of inner tube held on by superglue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slcdawg View Post
    Total threadjack, but how was riding in the Black Hills? Thinking of heading up there later this summer and riding the Centennial trail. Debating between that or Durango.
    The trails around Rapid City were fun but if I had to pick a place later this summer it would be Durango.

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    Not knowing the model I'm not sure if this is applicable but on some of the shifters if you take off the gear indicator, the cap is underneath. My SLXs were like that and I pulled the indicators off.

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