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Straddle Cable for Spooky Brakes(7 posts)

Straddle Cable for Spooky Brakescxrcr
Oct 8, 2003 11:33 AM
Has anyone else had problems using derailleur cables for the straddle cable on Spooky brakes?

The cable seems to be slightly too narrow for the bolt cinch on the alloy stop to hold tight and subsequent braking pulls the cable through. Standard brake cables with road (round bullet) ends work but do not sit flush on the alloy stop. Any ideas?
re: Straddle Cable for Spooky Brakesflyweight
Oct 8, 2003 1:31 PM
NEVER use derailleur cables for brake cables (including straddle cables) Derailleur cables are not strong enough to work as brake cables and doing so is dangerous.

What you need is a straddle cable. DiaCompe and Jagwire both make them and they're readily available. One end has either a keyhole shaped end piece or a round end piece with a funnel shaped pull tab an inch or so above the end piece. The other end is uncapped.
re: Straddle Cable for Spooky Brakestriangleforge
Oct 9, 2003 6:12 AM
Spooky specifically recommends using derailleur cable for the straddle. In fact, the non-adjustable side of the Spooky cable stops (as the original poster noted) don't work particularly well with anything else; I recall that you ride Spookys, but don't see how one would make a standard MTB straddle cable work without a lot of modification; I'd be curious how you do it. I used derailleur cable most of last season without incident.

That said, I've been using standard road brake cables for straddles with mine for awhile now, mainly to eliminate the extra stretch from the thinner shifter cables. The first time, I spent probably half an hour filing off the sides of the mushroom portion of the cable end (basically, so that it was a straight barrel shape) so that it would sit flush in the Spooky stop. Lately, I've ignored aesthetics and just used unmodified brake cables. It looks a little funky when you get up really close, but only if you know how it's "supposed" to look.

re: Straddle Cable for Spooky Brakescxrcr
Oct 9, 2003 7:49 AM
Word from Stu at Cyclocrossworld is that they have new straddle cables to remedy the problem I mention. I have standard road brake cables now but wanted something to sit flush and knew that Spooky recommends derailleur cable and was wondering if anyone else had the slipping problem as well.

re: Straddle Cable for Spooky Brakesflyweight
Oct 9, 2003 8:59 AM
I ditched the non adjustable side piece. Did the same thing with my Empella brakes and the Mafac Criteriums that came before the Spooky's. Did require a little help from the rat tail file.
re: Straddle Cable for Spooky Brakescxrcr
Oct 9, 2003 8:40 AM
Thanks for your response but, unfortunately, Spooky brakes are not designed to use standard straddle cables as you describe.

However, I am curious as too why you do not believe derailleur cables are stong enough? Given that there is onyl a .4mm difference in the diameter, I don't see how that would make it significantly weaker.
re: Straddle Cable for Spooky Brakesflyweight
Oct 9, 2003 8:55 AM
As you state, they're .4mm smaller. Combine that with the fact that brake cables are put under far, far more force than derailleur cables and you have a recipe for disaster. Spooky says to use a derailleur cable and in all honesty that's probably OK **IF** you consider what Spooky brakes are originally designed for which is cyclocross **racing**. Most people who buy Spooky brakes here in the States probably use their bike for a whole lot more than just racing and the added strain isn't good.