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Jagwire vs Gore Ride-On (Ultralight) vs normal cable housing(5 posts)

Jagwire vs Gore Ride-On (Ultralight) vs normal cable housingMRS
Nov 4, 2002 11:11 AM
Does anyone have any experience with the Jagwire and/or the Ride-On cable housing? Is it worth upgrading? I would use it for the derailleurs.
Thanks for your help.
re: Jagwire vs Gore Ride-On (Ultralight) vs normal cable housinggrzy
Nov 4, 2002 12:24 PM
Used to use Ride-On for the MTB a bunch. It's pretty good for riding in really muddy conditions - otherwise it's just an expensive and unecessary option. You'll be money ahead sticking to normal cables and replacing them when they crap up. The Gore-tex stuff works great _while_it_lasts_, but it does break down and wears out then you have a very expensive bunch of junk on your hands. Until recently you coluldn't even buy replacement cables - very frustrating. The road bike setup is so simple that unless you're planning on doing CX or something similar you really don't need it - you can replace your cables 3 or 4 times for the cost of one Ride-On system installation, but the Ride-On will not last 3 or 4 times as long. It's overkill on a road bike, but semi justifiable on a MTB/CX bike depending on where you live and the type of riding you do.
re: Jagwire vs Gore Ride-On (Ultralight) vs normal cable housingpmf1
Nov 4, 2002 1:09 PM
I had lousy luck with Ride-On cables. They're very expensive and do not improve shifting that much. I don't think they're necessary on a road bike. After about 6 months, one of mine got clogged with dirt and shifting was interferred with. I took them off and installed regular old $3.00 cables.

I've tried lots of "trick" things over the years and concluded that very few of them are really an improvement. In the end, I took them off and just installed the Shimano replacement part and things worked fine.
Go normal, it's much cheaper and just as good (nm)Kerry
Nov 4, 2002 5:47 PM
Thanks! (nm)MRS
Nov 5, 2002 12:33 AM