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Zipp Cable Routing Woes - HELP!(3 posts)

Zipp Cable Routing Woes - HELP!Masi3vee
Apr 7, 2001 3:57 PM
I'm in the process of replacing the cables on my Zipp 2001 monocoque, and I'm finding it humanly impossible to pass the front shift cable through the internal cable routing housing. The inner diameter of the housing is ridiculously small, and I fear that I may never get a standard shift cable through there. Other options are getting a super small-diameter cable, if I can find one, or using high-tensile wire instead of a cable. Why does something so simple have to be so difficult? I'll be happy for any suggestions. Even some comiseration would make me feel better at this point. I'm at the end of my... cable.


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re: Zipp Cable Routing Woes - HELP!Andy M-S
Apr 9, 2001 1:37 AM
Does your internal housing need to be replaced? Shift cables should move with very little (ideally no) resistance, so the fact that it's not suggests that there is a serious problem. I wouldn't risk replacing a shift cable with a wire, etc. But I would make certain that you have the correct diameter cable. This is a good time to visit your LBS.
re: Zipp Cable Routing Woes - HELP!Masi3vee
Apr 9, 2001 6:57 AM
Andy -

Thanks for the quick response. Since posting my question, I found that the cable will happily pass through from the derailier end, but not from the top of the frame. As a test, I employed a little "unconventional warfare". I passed the cable through backwards, nipped the stop off the cable, and replaced it with a standard rivet head. I'd NEVER try this with a brake cable, but I've found that the spring tension of the front derailier can be easily overcome/tolerated by the rivet head, and it shifts razor sharp and looks nice, too! I'm going to test it a bit before my first time trial of the season in three weeks.

The people at Zipp warned me that one of the drawbacks of these comparatively early exotics is that cable replacements are a lot like a sharp stick in the eye. They weren't lying, but it's not bad enough to relegate her to the local "mechanic".