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Crossover Cable Routing Anyone?(7 posts)

Crossover Cable Routing Anyone?Nessism
Jan 29, 2002 1:51 PM
Anyone using this routing scheme?

For thoes not familar, the rear shift cable starts on the LH side of the downtube and the front cable starts on the right. Then, the cables cross over each other on the way down to the bottom bracket.

Pros vs. Cons?
re: Crossover Cable Routing Anyone?mr_spin
Jan 29, 2002 2:16 PM
Only real advantage to the crossover is that it might save the paint on your head tube because the housing isn't rubbing against it. Other than that, it's the same thing, only different.
Totally a matter of personal fancy (nm)brider
Jan 29, 2002 3:01 PM
re: Crossover Cable Routing Anyone?KEN2
Jan 29, 2002 3:02 PM
It can be prone to rattling where the cables cross. Otherwise it does save the paint from rubbing off the headtube.
re: Good for CampyBicycle Bill
Jan 29, 2002 4:30 PM
I find that with the shifter boss giving way to cable stops on the head tube that it is easier to route Campy Ergo cables this way because it allows for a genteler bend. A park tire boot on the down tube where the cables cross quiets the ratteling.
Good for small frame, less of a radical bend in cable.Barnyard
Jan 29, 2002 7:20 PM
re:Motor cycle MTB prefer them because of brakespa rider
Jan 30, 2002 3:49 PM
I've been arounfd a lot of mountain bike riders who cross over from motorcycling racing. they prefer to have the front brake on the right hand. They're use to hitting the rear brake from pulling the left lever because that's how there motorcycle brakes work. They claim it doesn't feel right using them the way bikes are setup.

The only thing I saw advantage was better routing of cable housing for some bike companies. I had to change some derailer cabling routing on my 1995 F1000 cannodale to keep the cable housing from creaking. I haven't had to do that to any bike I bought since.