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    Campy Ergo Brifter attachment problem

    I have a Campy Ergo brifter. The allen attachment nut which threads onto the bar clamp bolt has seized. It back off a bit when loosened and then just locked. Back off just enough so that the binder bolt is running free in the bar clamp section.

    Unfortunately, not loose enough to get the brifter off the bar.

    Options are to drill out the nut but as the attached bolt is rotating, that may be hard.

    Carefully use a hacksaw and saw through the bar clamp section.

    Any other ideas?

    I'll use the torque wrench next time. Ha ha, not the first time it's happened either.

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    suggestion...

    Try to get some penetrating oil to the threads. I'd take the brake hood off so oil doesn't ooze under it and create a mess. Then I'd try tightening the nut a little before another attempt to loosen it. I'd use a dremel cutoff if I had to cut the band clamp.

    As for the cause of the problem, it's either corrosion or cross threading. Grease the threads next time. You don't need a torque wrench. The latest models have an aluminum nut with a T25 torx head. I just use a torx screwdriver to tighten the nut.

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    'brifter' is a lame word.
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    and pleeeeaaase stop calling it a 'brifter'...


    lamest word ever invented (sorry sheldon)...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench
    and pleeeeaaase stop calling it a 'brifter'...


    lamest word ever invented (sorry sheldon)...
    That's kinda why he coined the term. Not exactly meant as a term of endearment. Meant to be pronounced with a [ptooey!] or a [hrumph!] immediately following.
    A good habit is as hard to break as a bad one..

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    waterproof*
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    I like the word "brifter". And I like Sheldon. So ptooey! and hrumph! to all of you people.
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    * not actually waterproof.

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    Oh hai there
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    LIke C-40 said, but I would include a loosen and tighten method after the oil has made it's way in. Turn the fastener until you meet resistance in both directions to further work the lubricant in, slow and steady is the key here. Make certain you have a nice snug fitting allen key with sharp edges so you do not slip and round the nut off.

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    duh...
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    it's an incredibly ghey word... isn't 'ergo brifter' redundant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatTireFred
    it's an incredibly ghey word... isn't 'ergo brifter' redundant?
    1. no it isn't.
    2. see #1
    * posted by Creakybot 2013 all rights reserved.
    * not actually waterproof.

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    It brakes! It shifts! It BRIFTS!

    I say that term is pure Sheldon Brown genius...
    "Luminous beings are we...not this crude matter!"

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    As last resort, if you have to cut the band, use a dremel with a cut-off disc. It's a lot easier and faster than using a hack saw.

    In the past I have replaced the clamp band and bolt on my Ergo shifter from an old Suntour lever I had laying around. Perfect fit and replacement.
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