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Improving shifting(4 posts)

Improving shiftingavatar_9001
Jan 27, 2002 6:13 PM
I recently purchased a GT ZR 2.0 and it came w/ Shimano SIS cables and a Ultegra drivetrain. I had it tuned but the shifting is still not great and I was thinking about getting Goretex cables as a way of upgrading my shifting. Does this seem like it will work?
overkillfeathers mcgraw
Jan 28, 2002 6:08 AM
Road cables don't get gummed up enough to warrant the price and hassle of gore cables. What about your shifting isn't great? If your cables are still pretty new they'll have to stretch and settle in. If they're stretched and are still inconsistent you may have to lube them. If they miss in the same way every time you just need to adjust the tension.
Try this site ...edmundtan
Jan 28, 2002 7:24 PM
Go to this site for some tips on rear derailleur adjustment:
http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech/fix/rearmechadjust.shtml

Hope it helps.

- Ed -
The Dark Side....grzy
Jan 29, 2002 4:44 PM
Pay very close attention to your rear deraileur hanger alignment - some of the GT bikes have a replacable aluminum hanger that is about as soft as butter. Or at least that's what it feels like. It's* very* easy to knock the rear der. out of alignment and even suck the whole thing into the spokes and do some real carnage. If the rear der. isn't perpendicular to the plane of the rear wheel the shifting will never be very good no matter what you do. The Park DAG-1 is a great tool for this job, but it's hard to justify the $50 unless you work on bikes a lot or MTB and crash a bunch.

Goretex cables will just last longer than regular cables and cost quite a bit more - they will not work any better than new cables and housing. I ran Goretex cables on my MTB for quite a while, but am back to running normal quality cables/housing and replacing them more frequently. Goretex would be an advantage if you're racing in really muddy conditions.