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    Shimano Cables

    I'm thinking about buying some Shimano barcons off of eBay. It seems like I could buy a used one for less money but they don't come with the cables and housing. After doing some more looking it seems to be still cheaper to buy a used barcon and get new housing and cables. But I was wondering if all Shimano cables use the same parts to secure the cable in the shifters? I mean, will a set of cables for a Dura-Ace STI be compatible with an Ultegra barcon? Or do I have to look for cables made for barcons?

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    If you're looking to save some money, just buy some generic SIS compatible cables/housing.
    And no, cables need not be barcon specific.

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    Thanks. Generic cables and housings? I would think Shimano's cables and housing would be better/less friction. I might try running the housing under the bar tape and I am thinking about adding a cyclocross top lever bars for the brakes and I thought I would need a good quality set of cables and housings due to the added bends in the housings.

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    Cables are cables, save your money for stuff where namebrand stuff matters. Even seen the back of a bike shop? They have a big ole wad of generic cables.

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    I doesn't really matter what BRAND of cables you use as long as they are stainless and the housing is lined with Teflon. If you are in doubt, they you can opt for the safe bet and go with Shimano.

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    Good to know.

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    I run cheap generic cables/housings I ordered from Nashbar with my barends and route them ergo style.

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    I bought some cables from Nashbar and some lengths of cable housing from Harris Cyclery. I routed my cables under my bar tape and included cyclocross levers. Everything works fine. I was able to cut and trim my cable housings with cable cuttters, a scratch awl, and a file. I cut the housing with the cable cutters, trimmed off the bent end of the metal in the housing with the cable cutters, reamed out the hole with the scratch awl, and finish "trimmed" the metal in the housing with the file. It takes about 2 minutes per end.

    P. S. I also got a small bag of ferrules from Harris Cyclery. Free! They've got my customer loyalty. It's little things like that that make the difference.

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    I should add one thing. Campagnolo gear housings are considerably stiffer than pretty much any other housing on the market. If you have a Campagnolo set-up. I suggest you use their housings.

    I have tried other housings on my Record bike and actually noticed a difference when I went back to the Campagnolo housings.

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