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Suggest a brand of cable/housing(6 posts)

Suggest a brand of cable/housingbcm119
Nov 20, 2002 1:20 PM
Are certain types of cables and housings more frictionless or durable than others?
Cable/housing typesCalvin
Nov 21, 2002 5:30 AM
There certainly is a difference between the cables and housing. Some cables are drawn through a die to flatten the wire, making them in effect rounder and smoother. Others have a coating which is some cases may or may not be effective.

The housing is equally important as the cable itself. There is a style of braided housing available, which works for both brake and gear housing. The traditional brake housing is a round wound, or coil type. These are like a "slinky", and flexes quite a bit when stressed. You can even see this flex when you squeeze the lever hard, watch the housing move as it is loaded. You are losing force that could go to the pads in this flex. There are a few different brands of this braided or woven housing.

See Cable and Housing.

On my Campagnolo bike: Only Genuine Campy cables will do. NMSpunout
Nov 22, 2002 4:58 AM
Cable/housing typesthe other Tim
Nov 22, 2002 10:46 AM
Quality wound brake cable housing doesn't behave anything like a slinky. You cannot compress it significantly by squeezing the brake lever. The movement you observe when squeezing the lever is cause by the inner cable pressing against the side of the housing.

Using anything but compressionless housing for indexed shifting will result in sloppy shifting. Its development was key to the success of indexed shifting.
My $0.02Nessism
Nov 21, 2002 9:08 AM
The brand of housing is not really that important since most generic brands are actually quite nice. I bought some of the generic stuff that Quality Bicycle Products sells and it was more than acceptable. Just make sure it has a plastic liner which the cable runs on. For road use I like 4 mm SIS cable w/ plastic ferules. Many shops only sell 5 mm size (mountain bikes use this) so be sure to insist on 4 mm.
For cables, I recommend "slick" stainless cables. These cables will not rust, unlike most "coated" cables, and the slick surface slides very nicely. Don't waste your money on teflon coated cables. These often use regular carbon steel so once the coating wears/or flakes off, the cable will rust in short order.

Good luck

Miscegenation discouragedKerry
Nov 25, 2002 5:05 PM
The brands that match your components work well, are reasonably priced, and a guaranteed not to cause "mix and match" problems. Seems a straightforward decision, especially since none of the "SuperX" units have been shown to offer any benefits (to you, that is).