|Nokon or IRD Metawire cable systems?||jvr-oclv|
Dec 29, 2002 1:29 PM
|Well have some Xmas money to spend. Just looking for opions on the Nokon or IRD Metawire shifting and braking cable sets. They will be installed on a Shimano Dura Ace group.
Is Nokon better than IRD or the other way around. Quality of the products which is better....etc. Thanks for any help.
|Nokon IMHO not best choice for Shimano-equipped road bikes||Markus_B|
Dec 30, 2002 1:52 PM
|I equipped my "old" MTB with Nokon pearls in September 2001. Since then, I rode about 1.000 km with that bike. Up to now, I had no shifting problems though it mostly were rather muddy miles (by the way: Gore "Ultralight" stopped working after the first rain ride). However, I would'd buy Nokons for my road bike, because on Shimano-equipped road bikes the Nokons' ability to form very small diameter curves may turn into a disadvantage:
(There are two possibilities to mount Nokons:)
1) Underneath the bar tape (Campa-like), only showing a tight bend from the STI's cable exit to its bottom. For pictures go to "www.nokon.de" (not: www.nokon.com), chose "deutsch" (!), "aktuell", click on the blue link "Bilder hier" (Message dated 13.09.2002). (Possible) Disadvantage: Increased friction (according to German magazine "tour", issue 12/2001).
2) The usual way directly from the STI's cable exit to the cable guides of the downtube. (Possible) Disadvantage: High flexibility may result in the cable hanging loose - the Nokon pearls don't have the tension of a standard cable housing and therefore are IMHO not suitable for long distances.
I don't know the IRD system at all so no opinion which is better.