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Old 08-20-14, 08:01 AM   #1
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External Brifter cables vs. Internal routing?

On my 2007 Specialized TriCross, I'm switching from the stock SRAM Rival derailleurs and shifters to Shimano. Long story, but I have the CX70 crank and it's great, so swapping out the entire drive train. The SRAM derailleur is plastic on the back, and I'm concerned about it for the upcoming CX season (I expect a few crashes). So I have an Ultegra RD, and need advice on brakes/shifters. I have Shimano 105 5600s I can put on it, with external shift cables that loop out in front of the bars and into the downtube cable stops. My current SRAM shifters are internally routed. I've heard that external is smoother operationally, but for CX I'm concerned that the cables out in front of the bars will get tangled in a crash or when I try to shoulder the bike. Anyone tried both with CX bikes? Am I paranoid? Or are shifters with internal routing just the standard now for everything and especially critical with CX?
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Old 08-20-14, 10:11 AM   #2
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but for CX I'm concerned that the cables out in front of the bars will get tangled in a crash
that would be a pretty brutal crash...

gevenalle aka retroshift sells shifters specific for CX with externally routed cables. you should be fine.
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CX Is tough on parts



Cyclocross is just plain tough on parts. Exposed cables are not an issue that really even need be taken into account (Try braking one!). Only time cables can be a bit of a pain is if you crash and tangle with another rider but even still cant think of a time this happened.

Your Shimano 5600 shifters should be your first choice as they are cheap (you already have them).

Enjoy the races! Its all a big fat blast!

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I appreciate both of your insights. Very reassuring! Thanks.
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The older external cable Shimano shifters have been used on cross bikes for years. I'd be more worried about mud clogging your shifters than cables snagging, and the external shift cables are easier to service.
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