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Internal Cable RoutingHENRY K
Dec 31, 2003 4:36 AM
I posted this on the General section without much of a response, so I'll try here. I am ordering a new bike frame (Strong Frame) and there is an Internal Cable Routing option for the rear brake. I like the clean look but have been told that the extra bends add resistance to the braking not to mention problems changing cables. Any feed back would be appreciated.
Friction's not a problem. Replacement might be.Cory
Dec 31, 2003 9:14 AM
Jeez, you got a dozen responses in General, whaddaya want?
I've had a couple of bikes with internal routing, and the alleged additional friction is unnoticeable. Most of the worries about that come from the old days, I think. With modern lined housing and smooth or coated cables, you could run 10 feet of extra housing without increasing friction to the point that it made a difference.
As the General posts indicate, though, replacing cables can be tricky, depending on the bike. I probably tried every approach ever devised, plus a couple I made up, and never was able to get a new rear d. cable in my Trek's chainstay. A friend who owns a good LBS kept it for a week to give his mechanics something to do in winter, and they couldn't do it, either.
Jan 1, 2004 5:50 AM
for the response. BTW I only had 2 responses. There was a post after me that had a question about a tool for internal cable routing that had considerably more reponses, there may have been a dozen but I didn't count.