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Cable and housing questionbigdave
Jun 4, 2002 10:53 AM
I've just finished repainting my bike, and I'm about to put it all back together.

Since I was at it, I thought I'd re-cable it with new housings and cables (both shifting [Shimano SIS] and brake).

The question I have is about housing and cables... does anyone use these "new" housing styles (they look like interlocking alloy barrels, with no plastic outer coating) or Gore-Tex cables? Or just the old standards?

I see these newer cable styles and wonder if it really helps shifting smoothness or braking feel, because they're like 5 or 10x the price of the standard stuff. Or are they just expensive gimmicks?


Cable and housingNessism
Jun 4, 2002 11:14 AM
I've used Shimano brand cables/housing, aftermarket cables/housing, Aztec branded teflon coated cables/housing, and the Gore cable system. Never tried the IRD Metawire system.

I recommend either the Shimano brand or aftermarket generic 4 mm SIS housing, standard 5 mm road housing, and "slick" stainless cables. The stainless cables will not rust and the "slick" version slides great.

The Aztec teflon coating rubs off quickly leaving the cable to rust - not stainless type. The Gore system is great but once you install it you can not remove it from the cable stops or the liner will kink. Overall it's not worth the money in my opinion unless you like to ride in the wet all the time. The IRD stuff sounds interesting but the price is too high in my opinion.

Good luck.

That's what I was looking for...bigdave
Jun 4, 2002 12:58 PM
thanks Ed. Makes sense to me. I was just wondering if braking feel or anything was transformed with the IRD or Aztez systems.

I'll be going "conventional."