Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tariffville, CT
Bikes: Tsunami Bikes
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For brakes it's great. Light, shiny when new, works the same.
Nokon allegedly doesn't flex but there's something up with it and it doesn't act exactly like regular gear housing, I think because it doesn't have built in tension like a normal housing does. Plus they give you a cheater piece of (steel) housing that goes under your tape to your brake lever - you need to replace that with regular housing or use more Nokon pieces to fill the gap. The cheater piece is spiral wound and is not correct for a shifter cable housing.
A friend of mine was disgusted enough with his Nokon shifting performance that he gave all his Nokon stuff to me - enough to complete my two bikes with Nokon, even under the tape.
On a second Nokon bike I replaced the rear der housing from the lever to the frame with regular housing. The rest of it is Nokon. I couldn't get it to shift well. My primary bike (until a week ago) has all Nokon, no problems.
My Nokons got the aluminum white dusty bubbly corrosion and I rarely ride in rain, I don't sweat acid (my Cannondales never corroded like some other people's), and my bikes stayed parked in a dry basement.
I have a very small trunk in my car and the Nokons allow the cable enough flex for me to fit the bike in the car. Regular gear housing (Campy Ergo) split after a couple months of putting the bike in the same car - Nokons have been good for a couple years.
After all that I'll be buying some for my new bike.
Oh someone on this board had ceramic housing for sale (he was getting them manufactured or something). Not sure what happened with him. No corrosion would be a big plus.
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