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Old 08-29-14, 08:19 PM   #1
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Cantilever Z link cable lengths?

I know that there are 5 standard lengths for these cables, but how are those lengths measured, and how can I best determine the correct length for my setup? Like, is it from the end of the grey housing to the center of the "button", or is it just the length of the housing? I've just built up new wheels for my bike, but the rims are wider than the originals, so I need a longer link cable to get the appropriate clearance and lever feel.
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I've been running cantis for decades, and IMO, those links are nonsense. Do yourself a favor and buy a classic crossover cable, and carrier. This will give you maximum freedom to dial in optimum performance without having to buy and try various links.

However, that freedom requires some knowledge, so search for information on how to properly set up canti brakes.
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Yeah, ditch those silly Z-links and get a regular link wire. I also suggest that you use use Problem Solvers Wide Cable Carriers Problem Solvers . Keep the carrier and wire as low as you can and you should get good results.
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Thanks for the suggestions, guys, but I don't really want to spend the extra money on the 3rd/4th hand tools and yokes, when I've already got a setup that has worked well for me in the past....never mind the fact that I find setting up a yoke system to be a pain (based on my experience doing center-pull calipers once).
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Z links were created for those who rode MTB's, & ignored the condition of the main cable.

Then when it snaps, and the cross over cable comes down and clotheslines between the tire knobs,

stopping the wheel, and face-planting the rider.
the Z link fails open, instead.
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