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    XT shifter feels funny, any thoughts or suggestions?

    Here's the deal, XT rear 9sp shifter, 105 short cage rear der. This was my first time setting up a shifting setup of any kind. I followed Shimano's directions that came with the der. and it seemed to shift up and down so I figured I had done something right.

    But I've noticed that when shifting down (towards the smaller cogs on the cassette) it's not a quick snap at the trigger but it requres quite a bit of force with my finger to get it to change gears. It feels like something is way too tight but I have no idea what it could be (that makes the lever so hard to pull with my index finger while shifting down).

    I have another 2 bikes with XT shifters. Both have XT rear der.'s Both of them just go "clank" and the chain drops onto the smaller cogs. It requires little to no force (just normal finger tug). So I have a problem.

    Just wondering if the spring on the 105 is just that beefy and strong? I can shift up (smallest to larger cassette cogs) fine, feels like everything else I've tried, but shifting down takes a hard tug. It definately doesn't feel like any other bike I've ridden. Again, it feels like something is too tight but I've never known of any XT adjustments for that stuff.

    Any help would be greatly appricated!

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    Cassette size? Chain length? 1, 2 or 3 chainrings?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Cassette size? Chain length? 1, 2 or 3 chainrings?
    Cassette is a 11-32, chain length is correct, single chainring up front with a E.13 chainguide.

    I know the short cage 105 isn't suspose to work with a 32t rear cassette but my problem isn't getting it up there, it's getting it down to the smaller ones. It climbs the cassette fine (to the larger cogs) but comming back down I don't get the "click or pop" that I get on my other bikes, it's just a very hard tug with my finger on the downshift.

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    Sometimes the problem with road derailleurs is the downshifts from "too big" cogs, not the shift on to them. Running the B-tension screw all the way in can help.

    Also the chain length instructions with the derailleur are for triple chainrings. May not be the correct length with a single ring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Sometimes the problem with road derailleurs is the downshifts from "too big" cogs, not the shift on to them. Running the B-tension screw all the way in can help.

    Also the chain length instructions with the derailleur are for triple chainrings. May not be the correct length with a single ring.
    Got it fixed. It was the weirdest thing, the lever was binding on my brake lever (hayes hydro). Never had that happen before but it was just the angle, all is good now

    I did adjust the B-tension screw in though. I think I had too much anyways. Thanks again

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