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What cables work the best ??(6 posts)

What cables work the best ??ixiz
Jul 12, 2001 6:13 AM
For brakes and for gears ?

If you know of a place to get them at a good price please post also.
re: What cables work the best ??Spoke Wrench
Jul 12, 2001 7:02 AM
The teflon lined cables, like Ride On, are clearly better, but are hyper expensive. A kink in an expensive cable will screw up your shifting just as badly as a kink in a cheap cable. Personally, I think they are overkill on a road bike. I'm not even sure if they offer road brake cables.

I use "slick" galvanized cables for most applications. They seem to be a pretty good compromise between cost and performance. "Slick" means they have been run through a die that smooths the outer surface of the cable so they slide through the cable housing better. They're also offered in stinless, but I usually replace them anyway before the galvanized cables go bad. Besides, you can solder the ends on galvanized cables and skip the crimp-on thingies.

Braided cables are still available, and some people say they like them because they fray less, but they suck. They have too much stretch for modern indexed shifting systems.
Soldered cable ends ? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Live Steam
Jul 12, 2001 8:18 AM
Ouch!!! Crimp-on cable ends blunt the ends of the cable as well as preventing the cable from unwinding.
Ahh, butMel Erickson
Jul 12, 2001 8:49 AM
shrink wrap tubing is the best. Buy it in bulk at the electrical section of your local big box Home Despot type store and you'll have enough on hand for years of re-cabling. Cut a piece to length, slip it on and heat with a match. Presto! Easy to take off but I've never had any come off when I don't want it to. You can even carry some with you for road or trail repairs if you're that anal. Looks good in stealth black too;)
Yes but my question is still what cableixiz
Jul 12, 2001 1:54 PM
Or you can use super glue
Yes but my question is still what cableMel Erickson
Jul 12, 2001 3:08 PM
Aztec makes some nice cable/housing sets for about $20. I think Colorado Cyclist carries them. They have teflon coated cables and inner housings, crud resistant cable ends too. Super glue works too, I just don't like getting glue anywhere near my moving parts.