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Nov 29, 2002 5:38 PM
Is it neccesary to spend almost $100.00 on cables (metawire, Gore) or just use the standard Dura-Ace cables? How good is Carbon, Kavlar, Teflon, and is is worth the price? Has any one used these expensive cables? Help
100 dollars? try 24benja15
Nov 29, 2002 9:42 PM
teflon cables and ect. suppoedly perform better than slick stainless but are so much more money it is a waste. I have also heard that the covering wears off and builds up in the housing. It is, however worth the money for slick stainless make sure you get that. Im not sure where you get the 100 dollars all you need is 4 cables 2 brake and 2 shift thats 4 cables at about $6 making 24 dollars.
I think he's talking about the Metawire, Gore, etcB2
Nov 30, 2002 8:49 AM
At $45 a set for the Metawire you're getting pretty darn close to $100.

I think he's talking about the Metawire, Gore, etcfoothill
Nov 30, 2002 9:24 AM
Yes, I am talking about the metawire and Gore. At $45 just for the brake cables, that makes almost $100 for the pair. I can't find any reviews or discussions on cables. I am looking for replys on anyone who has tried them. Thanks
I'm using a set of Metawires....TFerguson
Dec 1, 2002 1:36 PM
I have a set on my road/race bike. Not worth it. They're flashy and light, but I don't beleive they privide better shifting. For the same price, I would buy 5 or 6 good sets of cables and some bulk Shimano housing and just change them every year.
re: CablesMikeDee
Nov 30, 2002 4:56 PM
It's probably not worth it on a road bike if you have good shifting with regular cables. Gore Tex cables helped on a bike I had with Suntour components and it helped on my mountain bike. But for STI, I wouldn't bother. STI cables have a short lifespan anyway because they seem to break often at the button on the end of the cable. I wouldn't bother with those teflon inner wires either, as the coating will soon wear off where it rubs on the bottom bracket cable guide. Also, don't use grease to lube your cables - it will gum up over time - use oil.
Forget that stuffpmf1
Dec 2, 2002 8:17 AM
I've tried all kinds of gizmos that are supposed to boost performance and always found them wanting. Why am I curious now about a Wipperman chain? I'm just hopeless I guess.

I have tried Ride-On cables and wasn't very impressed. Aside from the high price, there was no real difference in shifting or braking and mine got clogged with dirt after about 8 months making shifting poor. And this was on a road bike. I took them off and installed $3 cables and standard Shimano housing. Worked fine. Save your money for really useful things like after-market derailer pulleys ; )