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Old 02-13-05, 11:11 PM   #1
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Brake cable question...

My new Avid mech BB7's are on their way. Just wondering if specialty brake cables are worth the cost. Been looking at these ...

http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/111...ake-Cables.htm

How much of a performance improvement are we talking about; 20 to 25%, or more like 5 to 10% ?

I currently have Deore levers and ride strictly XC trails.
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My new Avid mech BB7's are on their way. Just wondering if specialty brake cables are worth the cost. Been looking at these ...

http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/111...ake-Cables.htm

How much of a performance improvement are we talking about; 20 to 25%, or more like 5 to 10% ?

I currently have Deore levers and ride strictly XC trails.
Honestly I've tried it and I wasn't all that impressed with the difference.
I've run generic teflon cables inside bulk reel Jagwire teflon housing and had excellent results with my BB7's.

I'm currently using a set of Gore Ride on cables that I got way below retail and I still didn't see any drastic improvement over the Teflon/ Teflon combo though I'll admit that the "sealed" bit is kinda cool.

When it's time to do the cable swap next time I'm probably going to try the Aztec Powerlines.
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Honestly I've tried it and I wasn't all that impressed with the difference.
I've run generic teflon cables inside bulk reel Jagwire teflon housing and had excellent results with my BB7's.

I'm currently using a set of Gore Ride on cables that I got way below retail and I still didn't see any drastic improvement over the Teflon/ Teflon combo though I'll admit that the "sealed" bit is kinda cool.

When it's time to do the cable swap next time I'm probably going to try the Aztec Powerlines.
Thanks. That's all I need to know.
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I agree with Raiyn, the best housing i got was when i went to my LBS and said "could cut 2 feet of brake housing for me".
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I have Jagwire also and I noticed that my brake work pull alot smoother.
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My bike has some generic cables and jagwire housings.. they seem to work quite well. I've ridden through many many rainstorms and haven't noticed any gritty feel or anything catching in the travel. I can't say I've had any problems out of them.
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Thanks. That's all I need to know.
Please note that the main reason I want to try the Powerlines is the healthy dose of bling. (I'll admit it) I honestly don't think they'll give me that big of a boost, but then again.....
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