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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:11 pm 
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Andy B wrote:
Sram MRX shifters?

Easy to get the cable out of, just pull the rubber away from near the highest gear indicated on the shifter & you should see the nipple. Push cable through from t'other side & job's a good 'un

They have a small metal part that can come adrift, or the plastic inside may have snapped, both are common issues with the MRX shifter. The metal part can be re fitted, if you know where it came from but if owt's snapped internally they're shot.

They are easy to set up for indexing LGF, I've not had any indexing issues with them :P

That bike is pretty standard for a £150 BSO, used to sell that sort of stuff by the crate. Unfortunately selling them by the crate wasn't enough to keep the bike shop going even with the repairs that they generated!


£150 BSO? Thats Luxury that is - we have here the really really awful copies of copies which have 'clicks' and not much else. They are very stiff to operate and arent really suitable for anything. Unfortunatly standard fare on Halfords/ Tesco/ Argos/ Toys R Us/ The News of the World £39/ £49 specialsThe MRX are a delight in comparison -


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Andy, these damn things are branded Falcon. No cover as per Gripshift. You have to take the shifter off the bars and then try to weedle the old cable out. Needless to say it seemed to be welded in there!


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Some shifters have a small covered hole that you feed the cable through, usually around the front end of the shifter.

but I suspect that they're MRX copies and the cable will push through just under the rubber grip right next to the plastic collar with the gear indicator markings.

any better pics of the shifters?


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that sounds familiar , i remember spending ages working out how o get a cable out of one and it involved pulling the grip part away


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perry wrote:
that sounds familiar , i remember spending ages working out how o get a cable out of one and it involved pulling the grip part away


That's what I had to do in the end. You take the grub screw that tightens against the bars all the way out and replace the cable like that. Only I haven't because the PLASTIC pawls have worn down flat.
SCRAP!


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Iwasgoodonce wrote:
SCRAP!


Didn't you mean (S)CRAP? :lol: :lol:

I remember assembling a BSO that my mother bought for my little brother once (£99 from Argos) and it basically had everything wrong with it. There was no way this could have been ridden up and down the garden path let alone on a road. Danger - Brakes set up so they rubbed on the tyre, headset loose, cones on hubs loose, seat loose on the post, it really was a nightmare.

I told her that I could have built a half decent bike for her from bits for something like that cost. As it was, he left it outside the local shop a month or so later and fortunately someone stole it..... More fool them :lol:


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Wow! I just assumed it was making a lot of noise when I turned the cranks because of the large tubing. After a bit more thinking, I decided the BB must come out. After an epic struggle I undid the non drive side cup. It meant chipping bit off my stilson and wearing out a hammer but out it came.

I wish you could see the results. A photograph wouldn't show it. Of the 18 bearings, I have found 15. The two cages have disintegrated and the rest of the filings and swarf bust be the missing bearings!!

If they did pay £150 for this...more like £70 would be over priced. My son's Islabike cost only £170. Why?


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I know, it's crazy.

People would never buy a new car for £3000 but for some daft reason think that a whole bike should be affordable (and decent) for less than a pair of forks.


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Iwasgoodonce wrote:
If they did pay £150 for this...more like £70 would be over priced. My son's Islabike cost only £170. Why?
cos it az dool supenshin innit m8 :roll:


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:lol:

my heart used to sink when someone in the shop insisted they had to have it :( would rather have a cheap boingy bike that would last 6months than something of even moderate quality


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