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What cables for building up new frame?(7 posts)

What cables for building up new frame?shawndoggy
Jan 29, 2002 2:35 PM
Hey all, I'm building up a new frame (switching over the components from an older bike), and I want to do it right. New cables and housing all around for sure! I'm looking for recommendations... Shimano, Gore, or any of the myriad of others... what have you used successfully?
Why, new cables, of course!grzy
Jan 29, 2002 5:14 PM
Personally I'd go with Shimano or QBP stuff. They seem to be the best and reasonably priced. Avoid the cheap stuff or the black coated cables (it peels off and binds inside the housing). The Gore stuff is just way too expensive and eventually it wears out also. You can repalce you cables & housing about 4+ times for the price of a set of Ride-Ons (the coating peels off the cable also). The only real advantage is under race conditons in serious mud.
re: What cables for building up new frame?mja
Jan 29, 2002 6:53 PM
Latest Colorado Cyclist catalog had IRD Metawire cables -- new product and really expensive. Not on their website yet.
New and really expensive - sounds perfect. lol nmdzrider
Jan 30, 2002 6:35 AM
re: What cables for building up new frame?Grover
Jan 30, 2002 10:15 AM
I have the Gore Ride-On cables on a mtb, and despite their cost, I find that they work really well. There's a distinct difference in ease of shifting in comparison with other cables (Shimano, Aztec, etc.), even without wet conditions.

I haven't encountered the loss of coating that was described in an earlier post, but any cable - whether coated or not - will eventually wear out through use.

I've also had some good luck with Nervz (teflon-coated) brake cables, and horrible luck with Aztec (teflon-coated) cables.

Hope that helps.
thanks all! nmshawndoggy
Jan 30, 2002 12:30 PM
New cablesNessism
Jan 31, 2002 8:51 AM
If you're using Shimano STI, get some 4mm SIS housing w/plastic ferrules. This stuff is a little thinner than the MTB 5mm varity that many shops sell. The generic brands are fine as long as they have the plastic liner inside. If you can get Shimano brand, all the better but I wouldn't go out of my way looking. For cables, make sure you set the "slick" cables. These cables are machined to provide a smooth surface which slides better than non-slick. Also, I recommend getting stainless cables because they are less likely to rust after you sweat all over them. Good luck.