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Teflon Coated Shift and Brake Cables(7 posts)

Teflon Coated Shift and Brake CablesLaVieClaire
May 17, 2002 4:43 AM
I saw these the other day in my local store in Bartlesville. Are these a gimmick, or is coating cables with Teflon a great way to reduce friction when shifting and braking?
re: Teflon Coated Shift and Brake CablesLone Gunman
May 17, 2002 4:58 AM
Bought a set of shift and brake cables and housings from Airborne for around $20 shipped. They work very nice as far as I'm concerned on Ultegra setup.
Teflon Coated Shift and Brake CablesNessism
May 17, 2002 5:12 AM
Tried some of the Aztec brand cables and the coating flaked off exposing the cable to rust. I much prefer a slick stainless cable over the coated variety.

Just what do you mean by "coated" cables?Spoke Wrench
May 17, 2002 5:31 AM
If you are talking about just the dark coated cables, I've worked on several bikes that had them, and I can't say I subjectively noticed any difference at all.

If you are talking about the Ride-On cable systems, lots of the mountain bike guys swear by them. They have a lining that extends from the shifter to the derailleur which serves to keep all of the "yuck" out of the housing. The only problem I can see is they are expensive and they still kink as easily as an ordinary cable.

I just use the "slick" galvanized cables on my personal bikes. They're cheap and, if you take the time to solder the ends, they never fray.
Ron, you've moved again. Where's Bartlesville?(nm)Crankist
May 17, 2002 6:04 AM
North of TulsaTig
May 17, 2002 6:26 AM
Just reading the name "Bartlesville" gives me flash-backs of racing BMX there back in the early 80's. I can't tell you much more about the town though. I lived in Tulsa for 2 years while at school. I wished I rode road bikes back then. There were some nice hills around that part of the state.
what's wrong with Shimano or Campy cables? nmelviento
May 17, 2002 7:25 AM