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    Nokon vs. Gore Ride-on vs. Dura-Ace vs.?

    Pros and cons?

    Looking to replace both brake and shift cables on my bike. Function fifrst, but bling is big part of consideration.

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    The Gore Ride-On cables fray really easily - my FD cable snapped after only a couple months.

    I use Nokon on my CAAD9 and have never had any issues with it. It does get squeaky, but the shift/braking performance is top notch. I run the Nokons will full liners and standard steel cables.
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    If bling is part of the consideration, Nokon's do alright in that category. They are also aluminum vs steel so they are considerably lighter then dura ace

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    I prefer Nokons to the Ride-ons

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    Yokozuna Reaction cables, ftw!

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    ^^ been sipping the CC koolaid?
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
    ^^ been sipping the CC koolaid?
    Haven't bought any.
    Just a little sip here and there. Tastes like:


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    IMO, generic housing in bulk plus generic stainless cables are functionally just as good as anything else. Bling and sometimes weight are the only "advantages" of any of the branded cable kits. Some of the kits may have cables that last longer, but i would rather change cheap cables every season than find out how long it takes for high end cables to fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nafun View Post
    IMO, generic housing in bulk plus generic stainless cables are functionally just as good as anything else. Bling and sometimes weight are the only "advantages" of any of the branded cable kits. Some of the kits may have cables that last longer, but i would rather change cheap cables every season than find out how long it takes for high end cables to fail.
    I've been using Dura-ace cables (from PBK for less than $35 for both) for ever. I am NOT unhappy with them. Just the other day, someone at the LBS showed me the Gore Ride-on cables, and I noticed there is definitely improved responses, and it also has some extra bling points. Never tried Nokon, but heard they are good.

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    One of the benefits of Nokon is that they are entirely compressionless, unlike some of their counterparts. I'm not saying it makes a huge difference, but there is some compression of the shift housing with regular housing and no compression of the shift housing with the Nokon system,.
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    The SRAM stuff at PBK is pretty good. I tried it (from LBS) on my build, and I am happy.

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    Honestly, I can't tell any difference between cheap Jagwire cables & housing and the more pricey Gore Ride-On stuff that came with my SRAM Red components. Once I figured out that I got cleaner cuts in housing using a Dremel, everything seemed about the same...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
    once i figured out that i got cleaner cuts in housing using a dremel, everything seemed about the same...
    +1

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    Which cut-off wheel do you use? The thinner the better? Lower or higher RPM's? I 've wanted to shorten some housing but I don't have a housing cutter. I do have a Dremel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctordan View Post
    Which cut-off wheel do you use? The thinner the better? Lower or higher RPM's? I 've wanted to shorten some housing but I don't have a housing cutter. I do have a Dremel.
    I use a thin cutting wheel with top speed, and it works fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
    I use a thin cutting wheel with top speed, and it works fine.
    I always use the Park Tools cable cutter but sometimes have problems making a clean and round cut at the housing. May be I need to check into using the dremel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sushijoe View Post
    yokozuna reaction cables, ftw!
    +1

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    How about Alligators?

    Light like Nokon - easier to put on - rarer - lasts longer than nokons

    If it were me, i'd just go DA though.

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    Been using Nokon for years. It's light, bling, and compressionless. I found more improvement in braking response than shifting though. PITA to install, but not hard.

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    The first time you install Nokon it's a PITA, every time after it's a breeze.
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    I've read multiple places that Yokozuna actually makes Dura Ace cables for Shimano, fwiw.

    Right now I'm just running Jagwire cable and housing on my Wilier/ SRAM bike; and Campy's new low-friction cables with the 2009 Centaur shifters on my Seven.

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