Bicycle Mechanics - kevlar brake and gear cables
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01-04-06, 01:19 PM
hello i am new to forums. i would like some info on if any one has used the avid kevlar cables? do they give you any advantages like smooth shifting or stopping? i have been looking at them for about two months but i think $60 bucks is a little for cables and guides.
01-04-06, 02:21 PM
Kevlar cables would fall into the category of "A solution looking for a problem". Properly installed two dollar cables in Teflon lined casing are smooth as glass and extremely reliable.
01-04-06, 02:41 PM
Didn't somebody make aluminum brake cables at some point?*
*Disclaimer: I am not suggesting anyone use them.
01-04-06, 03:00 PM
if you live in a high rust environment, kevlar cables might make sense
01-04-06, 03:01 PM
IIRC, my Dahon SpeedPro (2005 model) uses these. I can't really make much of a comparison because my other bike is a road bike with Shimano brifters (i.e. totally different at all stages). These things are lighter than the standard stuff, though, and on bikes like my folder where the cables are housed their entire length, I guess it makes a bit of a difference. Every bit counts if you're toting your bike along in a bag, believe me.
01-04-06, 07:03 PM
I've used both. The only difference is that one looks a whole lot cooler. Not $60 cooler, but pretty nice compared to plain black housing.
Didn't somebody make aluminum brake cables at some point?
I've got some Kevlar housing on the tandem. I've only used it for brakes, with good results. It's not as flexible as regular cable, but it does not seem to compress as much either. Any brand of new cables, with a bit of TriFlow and proper adjustment, should provide smooth braking and shifting. The weight savings probably isn't much, but I happen to like the way it looks, and it was free.
I'd give Nokon aluminum housings or the Aztec version some consideration too. They are also low-compression.
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