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Can I use brake cable housing as shifter cable housing too?
I want to use colored jagwire housings, but they only claim to be for brakes.
07-15-07, 02:32 PM
i odn't see why not if they're the proper length.
Well..... I just checked my bike, shifter housings are thinner than the brake housing. But I'm not sure if I can use brake housings for shifters. Will the housing fit into the shifter correctly?
07-15-07, 03:21 PM
bah... just get the proper stuff for the job. this sounds like a mess waiting to happen.
Yep it's cool, I actually found the correct shift cable housings. Thanks.
Can you? Yes
Should you? No
07-15-07, 04:07 PM
Yes, but not the other way around. It should be on this thread for future searching. Break cable housing is a wound steel strip to contain the forces needed for breaking. Shifting housing is strait wire encased in plastic and the forces from breaking can cut through shifting cable housing.
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