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I have just installed my first set of SRAM shifters (2010 Force). The back (right) one did fine; however, the front one (left) shifts fine from the small chainring to the large, but going back down it is stubborn and makes a CLACK sound - not smooth at all. I assumed it was my ignorance, so I took it to my local bike shop and asked them to connect it to the front derailleur. It came back doing the same thing. Is this a common malady? Sure seems like a shifter defect. Can you help? THX, Mike

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  • stmick Jan 31, 2010

    My problem is not how to wire-up a front derailleur. That was done and it works. The problem is the CLACKING sound in the shifter and the stubborness of it shifting from the large ring to the small ring.

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Before you install the cable shift it in the position of small ring ,then insert the cable pull it and tight the screw in the front deraileur(left lever)to it same to the right

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