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Brake & Derailleur Cable//Housing(3 posts)

Brake & Derailleur Cable//HousingBroomwagon
Apr 12, 2003 9:10 PM
Just curious . . . can a MTB brake and derailleur cable and housing set be used on a roadbike? I wasn't sure about the cable end that goes into the brake and shift levers and whether or not the ends are compatible between MTB and road. I think the diameter of MTB cables are slightly larger than for road but I'm not sure if that makes any difference.
re: Brake & Derailleur Cable//HousingSpoke Wrench
Apr 13, 2003 5:13 PM
Road bikes and mountain bikes have different cable ends that fit into the brake levers so they don't interchange. Other than that, brake cables are the same.

Shift cables are identical for road and mountain bikes.

Shift housing is different from brake housing and the two shouldn't be used interchangably. Shift housing windings run at a very low angle to the cable in order to resist compression better. Brake housing windings are at almost a right angle to the housing so they won't break out under the greater brake forces.

A lot of people make a big deal out of 4mm vs. 5mm shift housing, but I haven't noticed any difference in performance. Just make sure that you have the right housing end caps for whatever you're using.
Not likely to workKerry
Apr 13, 2003 5:14 PM
The nob on the end of the cable is not likely compatible between MTB and road. At the cost of cables, why not just use the right part?