Fixing SRAM Grip Shift Shifter That Won't Click/Stay In Gear

Fixing SRAM Grip Shift Shifter That Won't Click/Stay In Gear

I show how to repair a SRAM Grip Shift shifter that does not click, won’t catch, and won’t stay in gear. When you twist the shifter, the derailleur shifters, but when you release the shifter, it slips right back to the smallest cog, or chain ring. The problem is generally the indexing spring inside the shifter.

Check here for various SRAM Grip Shift cable install videos:


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  1. Garrett Green on July 19, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    You’re the best, thanks!

  2. Devani Jn. Baptiste on July 19, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    My problem with my gear is different.When i try to change gear,the numbers dont change,but you see where you hv gear shift max written,it is stuck together and both the numbers and gear shift max spins(if u still dont understand,what the gear wire is connected to thats what that shifts) tell me how i can fix this please

  3. Mysterious Nights India on July 19, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    Really love your videos friend….one thing I wanted to ask you….i have a vintage road bike (single speed) wheel size is 27" , but unfortunately it’s tyres and tubes are no longer available in the market… can you please tell me that whether I can install 28" tyre on a 27" rim ??

  4. Mr Reb on July 19, 2022 at 10:41 pm


  5. Seth Dolatta on July 19, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    Thx this helps

  6. Alan Smart on July 19, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    Great videos! I could watch them all day. I’ve messed with Grip Shifts a lot. I find it’s best to remove them with the shifter in low gear (or even a tiny bit beyond) and replace them with high gear lined up. There is a thing inside your model of Grip Shift that Sram calls the "diving board." It helps me to remember that you put the long end of the spring "under" the "diving board." Keep up the great work!

  7. Phonogasm on July 19, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Where can I find replacement springs? Not having much luck on google

  8. Rhatsphy YT on July 19, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    Im planning to put a Grip shifter on a dropbar,any recommendations on where part to put it?thank you for answers😊

  9. Makulax on July 19, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    Actually just use water on the grips. Alcohol tends to melt the rubber. From my experience.

  10. L R on July 19, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Happy Labor Day RJ! 🙂

  11. sd on July 19, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    You just saved my 50 bucks ..fixed it by my self ..

  12. Danny Visitacion on July 19, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    Hello sir I have questions for you how you determine how wide a rim bike example my bike size is 622×20 I wanted to buy 622×22 and see some size it’s come with 622×17 pls help me out .

  13. Haru Tanaka on July 19, 2022 at 10:45 pm


  14. PJE on July 19, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    This is a very helpful video. Thanks for the clear and straight forward instructions.

  15. BigMangoz G on July 19, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    Thanks a lot! Fixed it in under 5 minutes!

  16. backcenter2 on July 19, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    Miss new videos

  17. Anthony Ménagé on July 19, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    many thanks for showing precisely at 2’47” the place for the metal piece ! that’s exactly what i was looking for 😉

  18. ps3 gamer😎 on July 19, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    tysm you really helped me out!!!
    Someone pulled out my bike gears and all thanks to you I got them back in!!!!!!!😀😀😀😀😀😃😃😃😆😆

  19. Paul Sackett on July 19, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I was able to fix my daughter shifter.

  20. scott bramley on July 19, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    RJ – Love your informative videos. Do you have any videos about converting a steel frame bike from 5 speed(27" wheel) to 15 speed (700C wheel) covering any problems & how to overcome them, like cog spacers, wheel centering etc? Thanks for all the info so far.

  21. CopperCettle on July 19, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    cutting the cable seemed unnecessary to me, just loosen it at the other end

  22. Ken Bad on July 19, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Hello I know this is off topic and this videos is 4 months old already but I was a little insulted when I was watching your video about converting to disc brakes with a frame that has no connection mount. I have been using those adapters you called cheap. You called the black one a cheap thing and the aluminum ones that you were using were better I don’t think so just because you paid more money for makes them better. Those black ones I’ve been using for years they’re still on my bikes and my bikes are well over 10 years two brand new and they’re still working fine they’re strong they’re made of steel the aluminum ones are thicker because they’re aluminum but the black ones don’t need to be that thick because there made of steel. Mine are still lasting like I said and when put on right they don’t need much adjustment year after year and they work just fine if you know how to install one and calibrate them.

  23. Carlos Villalta on July 19, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    What If you have drop end handlebars?

  24. Dido.the.side.h0 on July 19, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    didn’t really need to cut the shifter cable lol. It looked brand new! Couldn’t you have just undone it?

  25. Polkaroo on July 19, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    RIP RJ. Loved the videos.

  26. RJ The Bike Guy on July 19, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    For more bike repair videos hit the subscribe button 🛑 and click the notification bell ►

  27. Prasham Khichi on July 19, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    Thank u so much

  28. Bob Dole on July 19, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    @RJ The Bike Guy thank you for the videos. I have a 21 year old Trek bike and thanks to your videos I’ve been able to keep it serviced myself and fix any little issue that pops up. Thanks for helping keep my bike going!

  29. Jack Nguyen on July 19, 2022 at 11:02 pm


  30. NuKeZ MoNster on July 19, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    I got a vintage mixte concours don’t know ware to locate a price for such a fine piece please check it out sir rj

  31. Hesster on July 19, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    DEBO is that you??

  32. callmemumar on July 19, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    I hope my comment will be noticed. I have that grip shift shifter with 1 to 8. Is it okay if my sprocket is Shimano Deore 7 speed? I used my bike for a long time with what I have mentioned. Or do I need to change either the grip or the sprocket?

  33. Jeffrey Potter on July 19, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    I enjoy your videos. They are easy to follow, and I appreciate that you use resources that are "readily available" to most people (like the alcohol!). Thanks for all you do!

  34. Sara Evans on July 19, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    So what if my shifter isn’t wanting to turn ?

  35. Prasham Khichi on July 19, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    Helped lots

  36. Luke Moll on July 19, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    this exactly fixed my issue! thought I’d have to find a shop that opened early, but 1 minute’s work and good as new! thank you so much, very clearly explained

  37. frostakathetruth on July 19, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    Thank you for the video 1st time working on a bike shifter. Found out both sides were missing the spring parts ordered!

  38. Dan Underwood on July 19, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    Good video. Lots of crappy repair videos on YouTube, so great to see a good one!

  39. Peter Peter on July 19, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    Thank you so much you made my day! Fixed!!

  40. Erik Wiseman on July 19, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    Well, this is a lifesaver! I just did some adjustments on my sister-in-laws bike and a grip shifter stopped clicking and holding position. I’m hoping that it’s a case of the spring mysteriously popping out of place rather than breaking.

  41. Moussa Miller on July 19, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    My index spring just completely cracked in half rip

  42. hayiko on July 19, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial

  43. john on July 19, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    Hey Rj have you ever tried repacking or replacing the bearings of an external bottom bracket?

  44. ItsSimplyJoeyPlayz on July 19, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    My shifter is stuck on the biggest sprocket and wont shift to the smallest sprocket is there a video that would help me

  45. Toshimi Minoura on July 19, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Even when the spring is correctly inserted, slipping of indexed positions occur, then slightly widen the gap between the upper part and the lower part of the spring. On ther other hand, rotating the grip is too hard even when a cable is not attached, decrese the mentioned gap a little.

  46. Redblade on July 19, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    RJ The Bike Guy.
    Why cut the cable when you can unhook it?

  47. Telecastvids on July 19, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    Thanks mate, helped a lot. The metal spring bit on my grip shift came out and I couldn’t see where it went back into. Sorted it now, cheers.

  48. purplecty740 on July 19, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Mine is missing these springs. Can they be purchased separately?

  49. Marian Cio on July 19, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    Hello, what can i do if my crank arms are stuck, i mean the bolt is stuck, it is round and inside it fits hex wrench but i tried 2 already of high quality and i ended up with rounded wrenches please help

  50. Jeffrey Italiaander on July 19, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    I’m a bike mechanic in the Netherlands. We had this problem with a customer’s bike a few months ago. We ended up replacing the whole shifter… Woops, if only! You’re awesome!! Thanks for sharing