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optimum length for brake and shift housing(6 posts)

optimum length for brake and shift housingandydave
Apr 20, 2003 8:09 PM
I have a relativley new bike (with 02 DuraAce), and think the housing lengths are too long. In general, don't you want the shortest length housing that don't cause the cables to kink or bind? I cut back the length of the brake housings which seemed to make the left brake operate better. However, I wasn't too sure about the length of the shift housings. What's the best length? Currently mine criss-cross over in front of the head tube.

I was hoping someone might be willing to post a front view of their bike showing a proper layout (a picture is worth a thousand words they say). thanks
re: optimum length for brake and shift housingSpoke Wrench
Apr 21, 2003 5:32 AM
I go for the shortest length that will allow the handlebar to turn all of the way from banging one side of the frame to the other. A little too long is always better than even the tiniest little bit too short.
http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/cable.shtml (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Apr 21, 2003 5:49 AM
re: optimum length for brake and shift housingAkirasho
Apr 21, 2003 9:29 AM





... while having enough cable to turn your bars from side to side ensures that there's enough... these full 180's are beyond the practical turn limits of most road bikes... and aside from storage/shipping issues... I tend towards the shorter...

When I looked at a few of my bikes... they ranged from no overlap to a minimal overlap... with the most overlap coming from LBS built rigs that have not been modified by me.

Be the bike.
thanks for the shots!!!andydave
Apr 21, 2003 6:11 PM
re: optimum length for brake and shift housingbrider
Apr 21, 2003 9:54 AM
I always go for one single arc from STI shifter to the boss on the down tube (mine are right on the head tube -- cusomt work courtesy of TiCycles).