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Nokon cables(6 posts)

Nokon cablesHiggins
Jan 14, 2004 7:53 AM
I have a Campagnolo Chorus 10 equipped bike. The shifting has started to feel a little bit stiff, and they're the original cables from August 2001. I have lubed them, and I only use this bike in the dry, but it's probably time they were replaced. I have been thinking about replacing them with Nokon cables. Does anyone know anything about these?

Also, where can you get them from in South East England?
re: Nokon cablesjnichols959
Jan 14, 2004 10:10 AM
I had them on my bike. You can see them installed in this old picture. Functionally, I thought the braking was significantly more firm feeling. The lever felt less mushy after the pads contacted the rim and you began to apply more braking power. This was especially noticable for the rear brake. I didn't notice any difference in shifting performance.

The thing that really bummed me out was that the shiny silver finish began to flake off a few months after they were installed - leaving the dull grey finish underneath and a rather messy look where it was still flaking off. At the time I was living at the beach in southern california so the ocean air may have contributed to this. I have heard that other folks have had the same problem.

Installation was not difficult but was certainly time consuming. I decided to use the clear rubber tubing they provided to protect my frame (it's bare carbon). This took away from the aesthetics a bit but not the functionality.

I have no idea where you'd get that product in your area but if I remember correctly, I called or emailed the folks at and they were helpful in finding a distributor. Not sure if they could help someone in England but maybe they could.

I decided not to use them again but some folks like them enough to use them exclusively.
I am using Metawire which are similarglia
Jan 14, 2004 10:14 AM
I have been using the Metawire's which are quite similar. They look sharp but are expensive. You can occasionally get deals on Ebay! They come in nice colors, I like the black. The cable is completely sealed so apparently the cable will not need to be replaced as often. The outside is like beads on a string. If there are long loops without tension, they have a tendancy to sag. In short, you'll have to tinker a bit to get them working and looking the way you want. I have only had them for 6 months so don't have this long term experience regarding their improved longevity. The system allows for some tighter turns and shaves off almost exactely 50g weight for the set, if that is a motivation.
Allows tighter bends?OffTheBack
Jan 15, 2004 6:37 AM
Does it really allow tighter bends? I would've guessed the opposite. That would be cool if it does, since I'm using handlebars with internal routing and there are some tight turns.
Yes it doesglia
Jan 15, 2004 12:37 PM
Indeed, this may be one of the best advantages. The outside housing ("the beads") are not compressible and are machined with somewhat rounded edges so that rotation keeps the distance the same. That allows you to have very tight loops without affecting the way shifting or breaking will work. The cables have no problem with tight loops, its the housing that provides the backbone. You may also notice more precise shifting and more response brakes (subtle though). Running these under the tape of the handlebar or even concealed is a real charm.
Cool. I want some. Thanks for the info (nm)OffTheBack
Jan 15, 2004 6:58 PM