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IRD Metawire cables - opinions?(6 posts)

IRD Metawire cables - opinions?J2
Aug 5, 2003 9:20 AM
anyone using or used any of the IRD metawires cables? either the shifter or brake cables. wondering about perfomance wise vs price wise. thanks..
I have not but IMHO...Marketing Dept
Aug 5, 2003 9:45 AM
I change cable housing at least every year. I can't imagine laying down that kind of cash each year times three bikes.
I've got the Nokon, I think they are the same..pedalpete
Aug 5, 2003 7:43 PM
If you are getting them at a good price, I'd say go for it.
But paying the full $50 (or whatever it is) is difficult to justify.

I haven't decided myself if I would by them again. I'll see how the long term wear is. The nice thing is that you don't have to pay full price every time you replace the housing, because the inner sheath can be replaced cheaply, and you don't have to buy the aluminium bits again.

I don't know if I've been much help, but I couldn't get much feedback myself before I bought them, and now I see why...they're good, but are they worth it? I still don't know...
Where do you get just the cheap inner sheath ?? nm.AllUpHill
Aug 6, 2003 5:42 AM
I haven't gone looking for it yet...pedalpete
Aug 6, 2003 10:10 AM
But I know when I worked at a bike shop, we had some very similar stuff to cover exposed cables (often used on mtb's with down-tube cables). If not there, I'll try home depot, etc.

I am pretty sure these companies didn't have the plastic covers made specifically for them.
I'm sure there is more around.
They've been great on my MTBpedalAZ
Aug 7, 2003 5:06 PM
I'm planning to put them on the road bike. They weighed almost half of the XTR cableset that came off the MTB when I upgraded. Plus, they are very responsive because the housing does not compress when you pull the levers.

Put a little O-ring between the last metal bead and any place it routes through a guide to eliminate potential squeaks. I had one cable that squeaked a bit before I did that.

One of the wrenches at my LBS bought three sets and when red, white (clear aluminium) and blue alternating beads. Looked pretty good on his blue frame.