Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Seattle, WA
Bikes: 1995 Specialized m2 comp road bike
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hmm.. well anyways, the surefire way i found out after playing with it was to use the cable liner inside shifter housing. It's so thin and the perfect cable guide to fish that cable perfectly. Had another similar problem with the rear brake routing. The cable just did not want to come out the frame. You would think GURU would have thought to make ramps for the cable to smooth out perfectly, but no... they need to manufacture something only experienced people know how to do... not to mention if you ever have to replace the cables, it'll be a pain to go thru the process.
Anyway, to get that brake cable out, my brother and I made a J-hook small enough to go in the opening, pulled the cable out slowly until it just cleared the J-hook, then pushed it carefully out. Note for rear brake cable routing - the housing must go thru the frame and no ferrules required for brake housing except @ the levers. Then after getting the cable out, you can just guide the housing thru easily. All I got left is the chain, bar tape (if i want), and adjusting the shifter limits. And THEN i can finally think about buying miscellaneous stuff like computers, powertap, carbon wheels, the list goes on.... sighs* At least I can finally ride it soon..