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post #1 of 2 Old 09-02-2013, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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VStroma shifter failure

My first roadside breakdown on this bike did not involve OEM equipment.

I have a VStroma folding shift lever, installed in January 2011. The fit and finish seemed very good, and it's been in service since that time.

On a recent road trip, it failed at the link pivot:


The threaded pin backed out of the pivot, leaving the shifter dangling. Luckily, it had the grace to fail exactly as I was pulling into a stop at a safe place after a long desert highway run.

I got myself back on the road by removing what was left of the rubber boot so I could see the pivot, and applying firm inward pressure on the pin while rotating the pivot against the threaded pin. This restrained the pivot well enough to get the first 2-3 threads inserted, which was enough to make it functional in the short term.

This appears to be a tapered thread, and it's not possible (at least not with the tools I have) to restrain the pivot firmly enough to fully insert and tighten the threaded pin. Thus, I cannot effect a satisfactory permanent repair. Once back home, 600 miles later, I swapped it out for the OEM shifter.

The VStroma shifter is very nice, but the limited life span is disappointing, to say the least. I had installed it to lessen the possibility of being stranded due to a broken shifter, and the irony of this is not lost on me.

It looks like the design has since changed, since their web site appears to show a shifter with a different pivot, so perhaps they recognized this problem and modified the design. I've contacted VStroma to see if they are interested in helping, and will follow up.

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post #2 of 2 Old 09-07-2013, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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VStroma kindly sent me a replacement pivot assembly at no charge, even though the lever is not under warranty.

Their service was very much appreciated. I won't return this lever to everyday service, though, because the design of the pivot assembly doesn't seem robust to me, and I don't like being stranded. Instead, I'll toss this lever into my trunk and continue using the OEM shifter. Carrying a spare will satisfy my original goal, which was to avoid being stuck with a broken shifter after a tipover.
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