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Old 07-14-12, 05:46 AM
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Where to buy cables/housing?

What is the best place to buy new brake/shifter cables and housing at the best price?

I would like to buy probably 10 of each to have it on hand, and bulk housing.

Also, is there a big difference between cheap and expensive cables?
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Jenson has pretty decent pricing on single cables. For example (mtb brake):


They probably just pull 'em from a file box.

Seems like they used to sell housing in 25' lengths too.
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Loose Screws/The Third Hand (www.thethirdhand.com) and Bike Tools Etc. (www.biketoolsetc.com) sell cables at very reasonable cost and housing in bulk rolls. Stainless steel die drawn cables cost a bit more than galvanized cables but are rust resistant and smoother and worth the cost difference.
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+1 on Loose Screws/Bike Tools for bulk cable and housing. I also picked up some bulk Alligator brand housing and steel cables from Pricepoint.com. The bulk alligator housing and cables don't seem quite as nice as the bulk housing/steel cables from the others; however, that is just judging by the plastic coating on the outside and that the cable feels a little less substansial. I can't tell any difference when I ride (and I use indexed brifters and bar ends on my bikes); I haven't run any experiments to determine if there are real minute differences.
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Make sure that you buy die-drawn stainless wires and lined housings, The drawn wires are smoother so will work better and wear the housing less. Like many items there is the law of diminishing returns. Once you get past the cheapest "no-name" components the performance differences are small; the very highest priced stuff is more for "bling" than true performance inprovement. Careful installation, correct routing and preparing the ends properly, installing proper ferrules and making sure everything is seated properly makes more difference than spending gobs of money. On the other hand poor installation can make the performance of even the finest components poor and frustrating.
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