Originally Posted by DubT
... did you discuss this with them?
I originally thought it was a unique problem to my frame design spec, i.e, Erickson-based compact frame with steeply sloping top tube, couplers and shallow seat stay angle plus my request to run the brake cable below the centerline of the top tube so we wouldn't brush up against it with our legs.
When I received the frame I looked at the cable stop position on the frame and caliper and realized that I'd have to use the unusual looking but still effective 'round-the-seat tube" cable routing. I sent a photo of it to Craig who had assumed I'd use the Nokon compressionless housing to create a tight S-bend and he was genuinely surprised by my alternative solution. Again, noting that the bike was set up for a disc and that the brake cable stop on the frame was perfectly positioned for the disc, and because my brake cable loop worked just fine, I didn't pursue it.
The lower brake cable run became a standard feature after that and I was somewhat surprised to see another smallish frame without couplers that had the same cable routing issue here on the list... who ultimately ended up using "The Livingood Loop".
To be honest, I never think much about it until I occasionally see another Calfee with the same issue and a looped brake cable: it just looks normal to me when I look at our Calfee since it's been that way going on 2.5 years.