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Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: 8 blocks west of the Sears Tower
Bikes: Soon to be owner of a matching pair of Rock Lobster CX machines, Kelly Deluxe, Bianchi Commuter, Waterford R22
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If you keep the cables properly lubed and maintained, you will not experience any more problems with full housing than you would experience during the race when they get full of muck. This is even more pronounced with your rear derailer cable, if you can have solid housing from the top tube all the way to the derailer itself, instead of the open cable right near your back tire, there is quite a bit of crap that get prevented from working its way into the cable housing.
In reality though, we are talking about a cyclocross bike here and cables get dirty pretty regularly. If they need to be changed, you change them. But, from experience, you will get longer cable life if they are completely enclosed. Then the only places for dirt and grime can enter are under and inside your shifter and then creeping up and into the housing, from a most likely near vertical end, near the back end of your bike...
personally, I think if you have the option, it is a more smart way to go about things, it doesn't make the cable/brake swap any more difficult, it just comes down to your own preference. Reguardless of how you set up the cables, they are going to need a little lube once and a while anyway. IF you do that, there wont ever be any rust inside the housing....
long winded I know...