Insane Bicycle Mechanic
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: other Vancouver
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I just looked at the Avid levers on my wife's bike. There's considerable free play between the cable adjuster and the ferrule on the brake cable. It's more free play than the Shimano levers, about the same as the Tektro levers, and less than SRAM levers. (I've got a garage full o' bikes.) 5mm cables on all of them. Not a problem on any of these bikes.
Yes, you should use a ferrule. It will allow the adjuster to turn more easily.
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