5 Shifting Problems You'll Have And How To Solve Them

5 Shifting Problems You'll Have And How To Solve Them

Are you having problems with your shifting? Your rear mech isn’t playing ball and nothing but noise happens when you press your shifter? This is the video for you!

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From limit screws to cable tension…there are so many ways that your derailleur can mess up and result in imperfect shifting. Here are some of the things that frequently go wrong with that vital bit of kit at the back of your bike…and how to fix them!

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  1. darkhalf501 on June 25, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Good and clear instructions. Adjustment of ‘B tension’ is affected by the rear suspension position. Just saw another video which lines it up at your normal sag position. SRAM eagle comes with a tool which you use to line the top cog against the jockey wheel to get the position correct

  2. El Torito on June 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Could you please make a video on chain drop when back pedaling using a Shimano XT 1×11,
    11 to 46 Tooth cassette please? I would really like to know how to fix this issue without having to buy more or new components if possible. But if I must, then so be it.

  3. Christopher Scriven on June 25, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    I like that with subtitles on, the opening graphic has [WOOSH] when the GMBN logo appears. If my mechanical skills could be subtitled it’d be "prrrrrrrrrrp"

  4. JDMTB on June 25, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    What about play in the shifter lever itself? I have the GX Eagle and there is some play in the lever. I’m not sure if it is normal or if I need to make an adjustment. It shifts ok. But I think I would rather not have ANY play whatsoever in my lever. Thoughts?

  5. Merrick Moore on June 25, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Bought a used bike, decals were messed up so I got about 50$ off, doesn’t shift consistently and the front brake lever is a bit out of place. Should I go back and ask the shop to fix the issues or buy a new bike (they had the same one new, I just bought the used one instead)?

  6. Joshua Watil on June 25, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    What will i do if in the shifter is on 1 and in tha casette is on 5 how to fix it…plsss help me….

  7. Rolandas Kaznauskas on June 25, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    My crank won’t shift what do i do?

  8. GNX157 on June 25, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Have to disagree with Doddy. If you look at Shimano’s design docs and white papers, it’s the lower jockey wheel that does the shifting and aligning. This is evidenced by the fact that the lower has no side to side play but the upper slides side to side by a good amount. I also believe it is better to disconnect the shift cable from the derailleur before setting the upper and lower limits.

  9. 100k subs with no vids challange! ! on June 25, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I just broke my bike you fucking idiot🤬🤬🖕🏻🖕🏻

  10. Andy on June 25, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    this is the worst fucking instructional video I have ever seen in my life lmao. fuck you

  11. Blue Pitbull on June 25, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    So the barrel adjuster. Should it be all the way in or out when starting. I’m having a hell of a time.

  12. Seanjharied Mauleon on June 25, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    When im changing the gear to 3 it change to 4

  13. Smokin Mesa on June 25, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Bit confused as to why you wouldn’t adjust/check the cable first

  14. bigtruck guy on June 25, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Hey Doddy! I have a Saint non clutch derailleur, and when I land after jumping, the chain often skips one cog larger. I dont realize it until I pedal and end up torque shifting into the proper gear. Any help?

  15. Nick L on June 25, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    I love you

  16. Zia shahid Zia shahid on June 25, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    gear smoothly low

  17. Bloxcake on June 25, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    When I turn left my bike stops.

  18. Boaz Vissers on June 25, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    I have a €700 ($785)bike and and sometimes it seems like the gears don’t change while I hear that sound. Does anyone know how I can solve this ?

  19. Zia shahid Zia shahid on June 25, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    gear smoothly low

  20. Zia shahid Zia shahid on June 25, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    gear smoothly low

  21. Im Joshh on June 25, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    How would I fix my delrailer every time I cost / not pedal it will stop the chain so when I go to pedal it makes it move like if your chain popped off help

  22. Lalitha Devi on June 25, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    My mtb chain not getting to 1st gear.please reply.😢

  23. Lewis Gillmore on June 25, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    I have a Giant Rapid 3 and mine keeps failing and jamming, is this something im doing or does it just have a crap one from factory?

  24. Hot Rockin' on June 25, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    I’m useless at things like this.

  25. Justin O'Brien on June 25, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Nice to see a bike being worked on that looks like it has been used. I see so many videos where these guys are working on brand new bikes that haven’t touched the ground. They won’t encounter some of the issues you’d see on a well ridden bike.

  26. Epicalty on June 25, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    my bike takes a while to shift. for example when shift something keeps clicking for a while then it shifts. or i can shift up twice so i goes up one gear and is clicking for the next one then i have to shift down to get it to the right gear i wanted. does anybody know whats wrong and how i could fix this?

  27. mangreat71 on June 25, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    i got a Schwinn 29er from Wal Mart trying to find out the inner tube size and the name of the thing that change the geers.Can some 1 tell me what i got is shimano tourney ?

  28. SaintofLegends on June 25, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    on my bars it says 2 and 6 but it is actually 2 and 5 help

  29. tom lewis on June 25, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I rounded one of the screw on my shifter, they still work perfectly, how often do you need to tighten them, because I won’t be able to.

  30. Tim Hall on June 25, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Good video but, didn’t relate “ feel” or what happens when you ride to what needs doing. E.g How does the shift behave when the hanger is bent etc. Also what causes the “ delayed shift” or double tap to get a single shift please. Ps gmbn deserve an Oscar!

  31. rickt7319 on June 25, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Suck a but

  32. Prog47 on June 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    I have similar noises but I don’t understand why. I only removed the rear wheel so I can put some grease on the quick release. and now the derailleur sounds like the example when the chain is too tight.

  33. Alok Ratn on June 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Hey man .. The chain shift is always one gear less then what it shows in the gear meter ..what should I do?? Suppose it is 3rd on meter but the chain Is on 2nd gear . I can’t reach the 6th gear even if it shows 6 in the meter (its on 5th gear) and in 1st gear (on meter )the chain comes out of the 1st gear .please reply what to do??

  34. Life on Two Wheels on June 25, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Yeah… i have a really big problem with my derailleur! What is a rear derailleur?

  35. SQUISHYFISHY EMPIRE on June 25, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Mine sounds like someone trying to eat a bowl of bolts when I shift… plz help😬

  36. Chris Waddington on June 25, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Great video very clear! I have recently bought a Marin Nail Trail. It has SRAM 1x the bike is great but the gears dick around. The cable pops off the shifter when in first gear you have to take off the shifter cover on the handle bars and pop it back on. I fixed this problem with cable tension but now can’t get the bottom two gears the highest gears. I am not sure if I have Fxxx it up or there’s a problem with the gear system I can not fix without replacement parts.

  37. Linnel Dumon on June 25, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Could anyone help me i cant shift my rear deraileur to the smallest

  38. Shojo Dagger on June 25, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    How to solve shifting problems in 3 easy steps:
    1. remove shitty index shifters & throw them away, (or sell them to suckers on ebay)
    2. install good friction shifters, the "ratchet" kind that go click click click when you turn the lever, this "micro-indexing" is all the indexing you’ll need. Get vintage Shimano if you can, if not, SunRace makes some decent knockoffs of the old Shimano design.
    3. adjust the derailleur travel.
    4. (bonus step) enjoy how your derailleur keeps working without needing to be readjusted every 2 miles!
    Seriously I changed my rear derailluer about 6 yrs ago, (dumped the front derailleur entirely) I went from SRAM to Shimano & I hated the SRAM grip shifters, but new Shimano shifters were too expensive, so I put on an old Shimano thumby I had found to save money. I adjusted the derailleur once and have not touched it since, except to take up slack from cable stretch, it still shifts perfectly 6 yrs later!

  39. Jan-Kaspar Mille on June 25, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    My shifting works just fine. But when I do sprints my bike just shifts randomly.

  40. EventHorizon on June 25, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    you absolutely ignored Ghost Shifting (aka Auto Shifting). In other words, you did not describe Ghost Shifting and how to fix it.

  41. Geraldine Geraldine on June 25, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I love his English accent.

  42. Jeramell Medel on June 25, 2019 at 7:45 pm


  43. Opep 773 on June 25, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    This man has bulldog cheeks

  44. Amen Choudhury on June 25, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Someone help my bike doesn’t shift and when I try the cable goes loose at every shift and I’m stuck on 1 gear

  45. Rachel Jayne Brown on June 25, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Woo woo

  46. Zia shahid Zia shahid on June 25, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    gear smoothly low

  47. Refai Abdeen on June 25, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Cheers Mate!

  48. RacingCart - RC Playz on June 25, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Guys my bike won’t shift into the highest gear (8), when I shift nothing happens what do I do?

  49. A. Memarian on June 25, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Very helpful videos, thank you 👍

  50. PhantomBaka on June 25, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Please help me my wheel once fell off ever since my mtb doesn’t ride anymore like it moves but the chain is clicking very loud and I don’t know how to fix that PLZ help me it’s got nothing to do with my bike or chain it just clicks and nothing changes when I change my gears HELP