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    Crusty GrindCore cmfx_2's Avatar
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    I'm about to purchase one of the two.

    My rear brake is extremely tight and unresponsive. Once I've pulled the lever back, the brake works it's just getting to that point often having to use at least 2 fingers with full force.

    So anyways, my brakes are Avid mechanical BB's, I'm just wondering what you all recommend for a cable set. I'd prefer to go with a sealed setup. You think it's best to go with the Avid setup to maintain compatability with the cable set or will this make a difference?

    I'm also wondering what difference in friction the two have - will one pull better than the other?

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    Cheap, "generic" housing (QBP branded, made by Jagwire, <25 per foot), and stainless steel cable is all I ever use. "Sealed" in the sense that I run full length housing with drilled out cable stops.

    Not that there is anything wrong with the Flak Jackets of the world, but they cost too much, and end up in the trash can just as quicly as the cheap stuff. The cheap stuff is easier to throw away when its time comes due.

    In the end, it comes down to how much care is exercised during the installation. There's no excuse for the problem you're having with your rear mech, and you don't need to spend a lot of money to cure it.

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    Crusty GrindCore cmfx_2's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedub.Nate
    In the end, it comes down to how much care is exercised during the installation. There's no excuse for the problem you're having with your rear mech, and you don't need to spend a lot of money to cure it.
    There's no doubt that the installation was done properly. The rear mech was great until I rode my first muddy ride (in fact there was still some snow on the ground at the time). I have a feeling that the housing may just be clogged up with a lot of junk and perhaps it's easy enough to clean out.

    However, I would prefer to go with the sealed system just to avoid having to clean and maintain the cable. Any opinions on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmfx_2
    I would prefer to go with the sealed system just to avoid having to clean and maintain the cable. Any opinions on this?
    Not really... Are you planning on a full length housing run? If not, you're leaving pleanty of opportunity for grit to enter your housing, sealed or not.

    Also, you can purchase (separately) sealed ferrules that install on the ends of normal, plain-jane 5mm housing. A quick Google search for "sealed ferrules" turns up lots of results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmfx_2
    I'm about to purchase one of the two.

    My rear brake is extremely tight and unresponsive. Once I've pulled the lever back, the brake works it's just getting to that point often having to use at least 2 fingers with full force.

    So anyways, my brakes are Avid mechanical BB's, I'm just wondering what you all recommend for a cable set. I'd prefer to go with a sealed setup. You think it's best to go with the Avid setup to maintain compatability with the cable set or will this make a difference?
    I'm currently running a set of Gore Ride-On cables (predecessor to the Dry Cables and virtually identical) I can honestly say that they're the best cables I've run with my Avid mechs. I'd certainly advocate purchasing the Dry cables (and have several times)

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