Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Fakenger
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    My Bikes
    Yo Eddy Team, Serotta Colorado II
    Posts
    179
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Replacing shift cables. Do I really need special "techy" cables/housing?

    I bought my first CX bike a year ago and its definitely past time to replace my cables/housing. I dont do any racing, but I do ride dirt and singletrack a LOT (hashtag CX bike as MTB!) I usually replace my road bike with the standard bulk cables and housing available for cheap from my LBS. I have never purchased any special high tech/coated/sealed/magical/ cable kits because of a limited budget. BUT, ive never replaced cables on a CX bike that gets ridden very hard. My bike has a SRAM Apex group. So, are the techy cable kits worth it, or should I just stick with the bulk LBS stuff? Thanks!

  2. #2
    coprolite fietsbob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NW,Oregon Coast
    My Bikes
    7
    Posts
    4,352
    Mentioned
    56 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I like the Zn treated steel cables for their ease of soldering the portion to be cut.. stainless steel cables are harder to solder

    but if you just cut and add the crimped cap, its more rust resistant .

    this Topic-hamster-wheel has spun many times before, super glued ends, and such have their fans .

  3. #3
    Fakenger
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    My Bikes
    Yo Eddy Team, Serotta Colorado II
    Posts
    179
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I usually just cut and crimp on an end cap, but its because Im vain and have some sweet red ano cable crimps! Little details...

  4. #4
    Fresh Garbage hairnet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    11,215
    Mentioned
    15 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use nice cable housing like Jagwire Ripcord for my brakes, but that's it. Shifters get the basic ss cables and housing. If you're worried about dirt getting in from exposed areas you can buy "nosed" housing caps and cable liners.
    Last edited by hairnet; 12-20-14 at 11:30 AM.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    I'd rather ride a greasy bowling ball than one of those things.
    Bikerowave
    My Bikes

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Show-Me State
    Posts
    200
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I run Yokozuna Reaction cable/housing kits on all of my bikes, and they are definitely better than the generic cables/housing that comes stock on most bikes. The brake housing is nearly compresisonless, and really improved both lever feel and stopping power on my road bike. The shift housing is "jet lubed", and definitely improved shifting performance as well. The kit costs about $55. They are definitely a nice upgrade for any bike.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •