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^+1 to filing.
As Sheldon Brown suggests
, I'd also recommend filing down the ends of the cables:
"Even when the housing is cut cleanly, the end is not square and perpendicular, due to the pitch of the spiral. Careful mechanics will grind or file the end of the housing so that it is flat and flush. The best tool for this is a grinding wheel, but it can be done with a file if you don't have access to a grinding wheel.
When you cut the housing, the end of the plastic liner also gets cut, and often gets squashed flat. You can use a scriber or a sharp awl to open it up and round it out. If you use a grinding wheel to dress the end of the housing, have your scriber right at hand so that you can open up the plastic liner immediately after grinding. The heat from the grinding will partially melt the liner. By sticking the scriber in before it cools off, you can not only round out the end, but the shape of the scriber will actually flare the end a bit for a smoother transition.
EDIT: Another thought: I wonder if the cables might fit if you trimmed a bit of the outer rubber coating...or Chombi's ferule idea might be a good solution, too. I don't have any personal personal experience this frame, so it's hard to tell without photos.
Last edited by gaucho777; 06-17-10 at 02:45 PM.