Shimano road shifter lubricant

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Shimano road shifter lubricant

Postby rtnicho » Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:58 am

Hi all
I have just had to clean out the dried crusty grease from a pair of 6700 shifters using a good spray /soak / spray with WD40. They now work perfectly. What's the current thinking about re-lubrication? I've used TF2 spray in the past with good effect but haven't had to do this for a few years so wondered if the world had moved on a bit.
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Re: Shimano road shifter lubricant

Postby Tim » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:53 am

Art's Cyclery recommend aerosol Boeshield T9;
http://www.artscyclery.com/learningcenter/cleaningshifters.html
http://abbotsfordcycles.com.au/boeshield-t-9-is-space-age-spray-for-bicycles-12oz_p3546

It isn't cheap but goes a long way. I've had a 12oz can for three years and it's still nearly full. Very occasional (annual) use on shifters and more regularly on caliper and derailleur pivot points. Good rust protection on steel too.
Boeshield is recommended for chains but I don't like it for chain lube. Doesn't stay put very long and goes cakey.

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Re: Shimano road shifter lubricant

Postby Duck! » Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:47 am

Shimano recommend a dry lube. I use a silicon spray which does the job well.
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.

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Re: Shimano road shifter lubricant

Postby ValleyForge » Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:06 am

I used silicon garage door spray once on the kid's Shimano shifters.

Never again. I use a PTFE spray I got from the locksmith.
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Re: Shimano road shifter lubricant

Postby martin_12 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:45 am

Power Lube works well.

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Re: Shimano road shifter lubricant

Postby eeksll » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:15 pm

so for those of you who use the spray, do you give it the wd-40 treatment first? or just go straight to the spray lube?

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Re: Shimano road shifter lubricant

Postby ValleyForge » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:53 pm

Just a spray maybe once a year. Harder in the internally routed bikes though.

Most important sections are unsurprisingly, the handlebar curves and the RD lead-in.
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Re: Shimano road shifter lubricant

Postby headasunder » Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:23 am

Wd40 followed by lps1 if your going to use silicon spray don't do it above the kitchen floor.

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Re: Shimano road shifter lubricant

Postby 10speedsemiracer » Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:55 pm

mmm, BioPace

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Re: Shimano road shifter lubricant

Postby Mububban » Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:06 pm

ValleyForge wrote:I used silicon garage door spray once on the kid's Shimano shifters.

Never again. I use a PTFE spray I got from the locksmith.


What's the difference? Does the silicon go sticky/attract dust over time?
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Re: Shimano road shifter lubricant

Postby ValleyForge » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:51 pm

Mububban wrote:
ValleyForge wrote:I used silicon garage door spray once on the kid's Shimano shifters.

Never again. I use a PTFE spray I got from the locksmith.


What's the difference? Does the silicon go sticky/attract dust over time?

I don't think so - this was immediate. Gummed it up so I flushed it out with brake cleaner spray. The locksmith spray is called "SuperLube".

On the road bikes (Campy OEM cables) after about the first 2000km with new cables I strip them out and fill them full of red PTFE grease using a grease gun. Makes a mess but I never need to lube them again.
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