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Bar-con shifters? question about cable routing.(10 posts)

Bar-con shifters? question about cable routing.Trevo
Jul 22, 2003 12:33 PM
Almost all the bikes I've ever seen with bar-con shifters have the housing come out(from under the cork) right before the bend on the drop bar. Can you run the housing all the way up the bar? Then have it come out where your brake cables do? And still have descent shifting?

re: Bar-con shifters? question about cable routing.hummu
Jul 22, 2003 1:22 PM
Yes, yes, and yes.

I have run the cables with the housing wrapped to the drop , all the way up to the clamp sleeve or bulge, and not taped at all. If I were running BES on a cross bike now I would run the cables all the way along the bar. When I was running them before, leaves and or sticks would get caught between the bar and the cable when I brushed close to trees. Not really a problem on a race course, but annoying on trail rides. Hey, in that situation a branch or stick could cause an Armstrong.
It looks much cleaner.Trevo
Jul 22, 2003 1:52 PM
But how come so few people run there bar-con housing like that?

Did you notice any difference in cable friction?

It looks much cleaner.hummu
Jul 22, 2003 2:17 PM
Oh oh, true confessions time.

Now that I think of it I actually used a front friction BES with a full wrap, so there were no indexing issues for me. I used Ergo on the rear. I did not notice any extra friction on the front.

Sheldon Brown and others have said on the ibob list that with modern cables and sis housing there are no problems with the full wrap. And a riding buddy has wrapped his touring bike with BES all the way up to the clamp with no problems.

Why wouldn't you run your cables like that? The only thing I can think of would be it would make it easier to swap shifters, cables, or bars. I'm sure that most people do it because that is the way it is always done. And you know bike traditions.
Cool, Iam using Suntour friction bar-cons, thanks for help. NMTrevo
Jul 22, 2003 3:28 PM
shorter more direct cable line.atpjunkie
Jul 22, 2003 4:33 PM
I agree on the aesthetics but running cables all the way up the bar ad's about a foot of extra cable a side with 1-3 complex bends for each. with new high tech cables might not be an issue but I run old style as it's more direct. The lines bend right from the bend straight to the top routed cable guides. Simple, plus I like when wild flowers get stuck in the notch created.
Traditionarctic hawk
Jul 23, 2003 3:13 AM
I would like to think of it as tradition & I stand out just a tad if I get stuck at the lights &, one in a while, a group of decked out roadies pull up next to me & kind of scratch their heads on my choice of equipment, tires, etc.

Arctic Hawk
Tradition = Luddite poweratpjunkie
Jul 23, 2003 12:15 PM
and they really gawk when you hold their paceline w/ 32 semi slicks. I get the same peverse bar con joy. On another note: anyone ever try those Modolo levers? Carbon and Shimano 8/9 Campy 9 compatible.
Tradition = Luddite powerAuriaprottu
Jul 26, 2003 12:29 PM
I had a set of the Modolos, and the front broke before I could even get it mounted on the damn bar. They're POS, IMO -I'm not fumble-fingered, BTW- but they're very light once gutted, and work well as brake levers.
Modolo POS THX NMatpjunkie
Jul 28, 2003 4:08 PM