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Gore Ride-on Cable set(9 posts)

Gore Ride-on Cable setsynapselapse
Apr 8, 2003 5:28 AM
Anyone have any experience with the Gore Ride-on Cable set? Noticed these at Excel and wondered if they were any better than regular 'ole cables and housings?

Thanks for your thoughts.
re: Gore Ride-on Cable setJuanmoretime
Apr 8, 2003 5:42 AM
I've used them on my mountain bike, where I think they had some value. With the mud and water you encounter mountain biking, a sealed system is great. I don't feel the cost difference for road use is actually justified unless you have issues with shifting from riding dirt roads or ride in the rain frequently. For the road, standard cables work just fine for me.
Cleaned up my shifting, BUT...cory
Apr 8, 2003 8:09 AM
My wife bought me a mountain bike for a major birthday a few years ago, and she got a long deal on it because it came with Suntour Ergotech shifters. I love the bike, but it never did shift as cleanly as I wanted it to. After fooling around with it for awhile, I swapped to Ride-On, and it made a pretty big difference.
BUT: when I got excited about that and converted my (105-group) road bike, too, it was $40 down the toilet. Didn't make any difference I could feel at all.
re: Gore Ride-on Cable setCaseysdad
Apr 8, 2003 5:46 AM
I've used them for years and couldn't be happier. Although they can be a bit difficult to install initially (the thin coating on the cable itself can fray easily and will start to peel off if you're not careful when you cut and insert the cable into its plastic sheath), it's definitely worth the effort! Smooth, trouble-free shifting, long life, practically zero maintenance. What more can you ask for?
re: Gore Ride-on Cable setyellowspox
Apr 8, 2003 5:52 AM
I had a set on my road bike that I just replaced with factory cables. When I replaced the right shifter, I noticed that the coating on the cable was coming off and clogging up the tube. Other than the yellow color matching the colors on my bike, I wouldn't think of using them again on the road bike. Besides, I can replace the factory ones about 5 times for the same money!!
re: Gore Ride-on Cable setGeardaddy
Apr 8, 2003 6:47 AM
They work great! Especially for MTB riding where you have to deal with a lot more mud and sand that screws things up. I used the Gore Ride-on cables only for shifting in the rear, as you don't really need them for the front shifters. So, one set goes for two replacements.

I was having a lot of problems with gummed up shifting on an older mountain bike of mine. The problems were largely from crud getting into the last section of cable near the rear derailler. I should note that I've encountered this problem more so with newer mountain bikes with top-tube routed cables. I had less problems with the older style down-tube routed cable setup. I theorize that the top-tube routed system has the issue of water flowing by gravity down along the seat stay into that last cable section. Anyway, I actually drilled out the cable stops and installed cable housing all the way from the top tube to the rear derailler. This obviously creates a lot more friction. However, using the Gore Ride-on cables the shifting is smooth as butter. I've used this MTB for over 4 years of year-round commuting and I am still using the same Gore ride-on cable on the rear shifter!

I used the other half of the Gore Ride-on cable set to replace the rear shift cable on an older road bike as well. It was definitely an improvement. My newer road bike is a nicer bike with good components using standard cables, and it doesn't really need the Gore Ride-ons.

Also, Shimano does make some more expensive cables that have a special coating for smoother shifting. They are not as expensive as the Gore Ride-ons (about $25 for a set?) and do provide improved shifting. If you're only looking for a marginal improvement, I'd go with the Shimanos.
great on the mtbgtx
Apr 8, 2003 7:09 AM
as other have stated above. I only use 'em for the rear der. I wouldn't bother installing them on a road bike, though.
Save your moneypmf1
Apr 8, 2003 7:56 AM
Maybe blow it on a $50 Wipperman chain instead. Functions the same as Shimano, but costs twice as much.

As for the cables, I tried them once. Pain in the butt to install, cost many times more than standard housing, and the rear got clogged with dirt after about 8 months and I had to toss it. IMO, these are completely a waste of money. Nothing wrong with standard cables and housing. If you replace them every year, you'll have perfect shifting and more money to spend on titanium cassettes, carbon fiber stems, or after market pulleys.
Another option:4bykn
Apr 8, 2003 1:06 PM
I got these from Airborne, only have a couple hundred miles on them so far, but they seem nice.
http://www.airborne.net/eready/janette/store/compdetail.asp?sku=AB-RD-FL