My play is the same too. Well, somewhat less due to the shortened lever I use
Not only that, both ball sockets are secured by pin locks which make it practically impossible for the ball to unseat itself from the socket.
Originally Posted by mark1305
BTW, this is the first bike I have ever seen with the shift linkage rod having right hand threads on both ends. Its nice in that it makes it impossible for the rod to unscrew itself and drop the center section on the road somewhere. But to adjust it one either has to disconnect one of the ball joints, or pull the shifter off the pivot and rotate the whole thing.