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Old 10-08-20, 07:41 AM
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Cable end stops

My bike uses a few of these ... thingies, for want of a better word, for the gear cables. They can drop out rather easily which makes me nervous. Can someone tell me what they're called and where I might get some more. I've found something which might do on Ebay but I'd rather get the correct part if I can. The outside diameter is 6mm, inside is about 4mm and the lip is around 8mm.


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Old 10-08-20, 07:44 AM
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Cable housing end caps. You can go to your local shop and if you ask nicely they give you enough to finish a bike without charging you.
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Originally Posted by commo_soulja View Post
Cable housing end caps.
Cable housing ferrules, actually.

You can go to your local shop and if you ask nicely they give you enough to finish a bike without charging you.
Probably. You can, however, find them in various colors to match a color scheme. Donít expect to get those for free.


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I would suggest that you use brass or aluminum ferrules for brake lines and only use plastic ones for shift cables, due to the higher stresses and safety considerations for brakes.
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Originally Posted by jgwilliams View Post
Can someone tell me what they're called and where I might get some more. I've found something which might do on Ebay but I'd rather get the correct part if I can. The outside diameter is 6mm, inside is about 4mm and the lip is around 8mm.
Universal Cycles is a good source for this type of part:
https://www.universalcycles.com/sear...=cable+ferrule
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Those actually look like stops that are meant to convert a housing guide into a cable stop. You can find some similar ones here https://www.universalcycles.com/shop...s.php?id=46818
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Old 10-09-20, 01:42 AM
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Thanks everyone. Looks like those Jagwire bits should do the trick.
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Originally Posted by dsaul View Post
Those actually look like stops that are meant to convert a housing guide into a cable stop. You can find some similar ones here https://www.universalcycles.com/shop...s.php?id=46818
Precisely.

The above flurry of nonsensical answers about "ferrules" is disconcerting, when the parts in question are obviously not ferrules.

Also Jagwire ones are 5mm I.D. The OP claims that theirs are 4mm I.D... Are they really?

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Originally Posted by AndreyT View Post
Also Jagwire ones are 5mm I.D. The OP claims that theirs are 4mm I.D... Are they really?
Yes, I think so, although they're hard to measure. They are designed for shifter cables, not brakes, so 4mm would make sense.




This is where they fit, so there's no chance of them getting lost in normal use. However, they do fit quite loosely so when I change the cables it wouldn't be impossible to lose one, so it's the sort of thing I like to have spares of.

The Jagwire ones just said 5mm; I wasn't sure if that was internal or external. If that is internal then they probably wouldn't fit.
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Also try contacting the mfr. of your bike as they may sell spares. Sometimes they make these little bits slightly different than what you can get from other suppliers. The dreaded "proprietary" part. Can't say for sure though so you may be fine getting some Jagwire or ?? replacements.
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Originally Posted by Crankycrank View Post
Also try contacting the mfr. of your bike as they may sell spares.
Yes, I would certainly do that except they don't appear to be in business any more. The web site hasn't been updated since 2018 and all emails are bouncing back. I left a question on their Facebook page about the bottom bracket and that hasn't been answered either. It's a real shame as they seem to be pretty well regarded bikes in the press.
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^^Oh, well that's not good. What make and model is your bike? Someone here may have some inside info.
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It's a 2018 Mekk Poggio. It says made in Taiwan on it so I imagine the parts have probably been widely used on a number of frames. I just need to find out which ones.
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Originally Posted by AndreyT View Post
Precisely.

The above flurry of nonsensical answers about "ferrules" is disconcerting, when the parts in question are obviously not ferrules.

Also Jagwire ones are 5mm I.D. The OP claims that theirs are 4mm I.D... Are they really?
The answers above aren’t nonsensical. If the part in question was a stop, it would be larger than 4 (or even 5) mm. A 4mm or 5mm ferrule usually fits into the cable stop. The stop that dsaul links to is meant to go into a hydraulic brake guide so that cable brakes can be used and is at least 5mm outside diameter and perhaps larger. It won’t fit. Here’s how those stops are used





Here’s a 4mm ferrule in the cable guide for reference. You can see that the Jagwire cable stop would be to large to fit in jgwilliams frame shown in post 9.




The cable ends that jgwilliams showed in post 1 are both stops and ferrules. They are called nosed ferrules or nosed end caps. Jagwire used to make them but I don’t see them on the website. There is a listing on Fleabay for a 5 pack. Universal Cycles sells a Shimano version. The Shimano model number is Y6AM98080, although some of those don’t have the stepped end.
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