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    Fitter than 3 months ago GavCB's Avatar
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    Brake Cable Housing and Barrel Adjuster Problem

    Hi, please excuse me if this has its own thread, I tried a few search terms but didn't come across it.

    I just replaced the rear brake calipers on my 2007 Bianchi Via Nirone Sora (part of the piece-by-piece component upgrade) with a Shimano Ultegra caliper (front set on the way). Perhaps I was being naive (and showing my true rookie colours), but I assumed there would be a bit more of a standard than what I've found.

    The metal fixture on the end of the cable housing doesn't fit into the top of the barrel adjuster as it did on the stock Bianchi brakes, it looks like it is a mil or so too big. The adjuster still works okay with the metal ring half-in on one side, but it doesn't look great and I'd rather not leave it like that long-term.

    I've tried to track down the original Bianchi specs (a table full of all the diameters would be a nice addition to the handbook Bianchi guys!), but no joy. Is it safe to assume that, now I've gone Shimano, if I get replacement cable housing and fittings that it will be compatible?

    Thanks all for your help.
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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    Welcome to Shimano.

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    Mr. Dopolina Bob Dopolina's Avatar
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    There was 6mm brake housing that was mostly for MTB. If I recall correctly that is pretty much gone and it is all 5mm now.

    Some barrel adj aren't meant to have a ferrel stuffed into them. The adj itself acts as a ferrel. Pop yours off and go commando and see how it feels (pun intended).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
    There was 6mm brake housing that was mostly for MTB. If I recall correctly that is pretty much gone and it is all 5mm now.

    Some barrel adj aren't meant to have a ferrel stuffed into them. The adj itself acts as a ferrel. Pop yours off and go commando and see how it feels (pun intended).

    I concur. From my experience, sometimes you need a ferrule and sometimes you don't. If the ferrule doesn't fit, I leave it out. It always seems to work fine.

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