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Old 07-05-06, 09:18 PM
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Cable Cost

On my 4300, the cables have been unwiring near the ends making them useless. So now I need brand new cables for everything. Im taking my bike in for new tubes, maxxis tires, and new cables. I wonder how much basic cables will be because I dont want to run the cost too much over $100. The cables will be shorter since its rim brakes. I dont need any special kinds. Any ideas?
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Old 07-05-06, 09:31 PM
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$2 to $2.50 a cable for drawn cable. use the existing housings. cap the cables with a ... cable cap to prevent this from happening again.

oh, drawn cable is oftern call flated strand cable, the cable is drawn thru a die which makes presses and flatten the outer strands. this makes them smoother.
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Old 07-05-06, 09:38 PM
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I just re-cabled my road bike for first time -- I used drawn cable as well. I think mine was 2.99 per cable. I replaced cables and housing, but as stated above, you could easily use your old housing. I applied a bit of lube to the cable before routing.

I did it myself, so not sure what shop would charge to put them in. I would recommend giving it a shot yourself -- just make sure you have a good pair of wire cutters!
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Old 07-05-06, 10:13 PM
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the shop where i work charges 4.99 for cables. ive always thought that was waay expensive, but its a well-respected shop, and people dont seem to care
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Old 07-05-06, 10:25 PM
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Originally Posted by concernicus
the shop where i work charges 4.99 for cables. ive always thought that was waay expensive, but its a well-respected shop, and people dont seem to care
Is that installed? If that's just for the cost of the cable then, yes, that is a serious gouge. Name brand cables should cost $2-2.50. If customers don't seem to care then they are getting exactly what they deserve. Hopefully, those 4.99 cables come with Vaseline
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I would always do housing when I do cables, there is little reason not to and its cheap, and little additional work is needed. In my experience if your cables need replacing, the housing probably isn't far off (since it is a plastic sleeve, the metal cable does wear on it), and new cables/housing can improve shifting performance a LOT. Always lube the housing before threading a cable through too--if your housing is relatively new you may just be able to use a bottle of spray lube and blow the crap out of the inside of the housing.
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Old 07-06-06, 04:23 AM
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Stainless steel cables cost double the amount of galvanized cables. Stainless always says stainless on the package; galvanized cables say nothing. Stainless cables can run as much as $4.99 per cable. Reusing the housing depends on the age and the amount of dirt inside. Good housing is not that inexpensive, but cleaning the housing is messy, and it's hard to get the dirt out once it's inside.
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Old 07-06-06, 05:16 AM
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Here's a good source for cables and housing:

https://secure11.nexternal.com/share...products%2Easp

Note: brake cables are thicker than derailleur cables, and the corresponding housing sizes are different, as well.

Stainless cables are the way to go.

Depending on your mileage and the conditions you ride in, you should change out all cables and housing every two years or so.

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Old 07-06-06, 08:24 AM
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Unless of course you are running Campy. They provide a 5 gallon tub of lube with each cable, front brake, rear derailleur......
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I'm a fan of stainless steel cables.

Cap/install one end of housing, measure other end, cut/finish/cap, install. Then install cable, cut, cap.

Maintenance is super easy, so long as you greased the housings really well....pretty much just wipe it down once in a while.
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Old 07-06-06, 10:11 AM
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I use these
http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=T1023

Free shipping, no sales tax, and 10% off for the next few days.

I replace cables often and the housings maybe half as often. I don't always replace the housings as it requires me to rewrap the handlebars. Also, I am of the camp that does not believe that cables "stretch" that it is actually the housings settling into their stops that causes a loose cable. So, once they are all settled, no more adjustments. All minor stuff to be sure but if nothing is wrong with the housings, I don't replace them.
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