I've searched the forums to find an answer for this question, but haven't had any success.
I know cable and derailleur housings aren't interchangeable, but what about the cables?
I'm replacing all the cables/housing on an early 90s mtb with Suntour components. None of the cable at the LBS had the right kind of end, and they said it would be very hard to find. It looks like a smaller version of the flat button on a brake cable, made to fit a Suntour XPress trigger shifter.
So they suggested I use 5mm derailleur housing with metal ferrules (worked out to the same diameter as 4mm with plastic), and they ground down the button on some brake cable to fit the shifter.
Since this cable is thicker (and presumably less flexible) Should I consider this a temporary fix and keep an eye out for derailleur-specific cable, or is this a necessary tradeoff considering the age of the bike, or will there not be any noticeable difference in shifting?
Thanks for your help!