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Old 01-25-19, 10:52 AM
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"Italian" Chainstay Shift Cable Stops

What is the best solution for dealing with (what I have come to call) Italian-style shift cable stops? Included is an example below from a Bianchi that I've been working to restore. It won't fit 4mm cable housing, let alone the caps to cover the ends of the housing, and using a cap with a long ferrule only causes that ferrule to bend (as the cap itself still isn't secured). Is there an accessory that we are missing? I have the same issue on a Cinelli for which I would love a solution. Thanks as always for the advice!

p.s., Bianchigirll, if you have a quick ID on the bike itself, that would certainly be appreciated. I can provide more photos/info as needed. Thanks!



This style of cable stop here.


This style of cable stop here.



I'm assuming early to mid-80s.
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You need to find a « step-down » ferrule. Just do a search on eBay or Amazon and you’ll find them.
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Have you tried a step-down ferrule?
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Old 01-25-19, 11:28 AM
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This one will work. I'm willing to bet my reputation on it (it's a low stakes wager).



But seriously, that has been a perfect fit on every 80's Italian bike I've tried it with.
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Are these the right kind of ferrule to use for a 70s Raleigh Super Course? They also have small diameter cable stops.
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Why yes, yes they are.
Also used on Shimano systems, quite frequently.
Hailstorm, if you need a couple and your LBS is unhelpful, PM me. I have a jar full, happy to mail you some.
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Sometimes I have had to use the steel stepped ferrules from old Raleigh 3-speeds to fit into vintage small diameter cable stops. Perhaps that would work for you in this case. Easy to find at a bike co-op...

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Mine uses the original (Campagnolo?) steel cable/ferrule assembly. I'm not sure if these are still made; those I've seen on sale at "auction" have been a little pricey.
(Looks like I need to clean that drivetrain a little!!)

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Gugificazione?
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
Hailstorm, if you need a couple and your LBS is unhelpful, PM me. I have a jar full, happy to mail you some.
I will definitely keep the offer in mind. Thank you!
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The bicycle looks like a Bianchi Nuovo Racing, circa 1982-1984. Serial number?
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
This one will work. I'm willing to bet my reputation on it (it's a low stakes wager).



But seriously, that has been a perfect fit on every 80's Italian bike I've tried it with.
That one may not fit. the cable stop was originally sold through Campagnolo, those others copied. Campy made a step down plated brass ferrule, the Campy small end looks of smaller OD than the aluminum one pictured.
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That one may not fit. the cable stop was originally sold through Campagnolo, those others copied. Campy made a step down plated brass ferrule, the Campy small end looks of smaller OD than the aluminum one pictured.
Not to argue, but to provide more information, I've used the Shimano step-down ferrule on a 1976 Austro Daimler Ultima, a 1982 Specialized Sequoia, a 1984 Pinarello Gran Turismo, a 1987 Pinarello Montello, and a 1987 Serotta Colorado, all with visually identical diver's helmet cable stops, and it fit perfectly on all of them. I have a 1969 Raleigh Competition and a 1973 Raleigh International where the fit was a little loose but acceptable, and a 1982 Trek where I had to use a zip tie to keep the cable entry angle stable. The cable stop on the Trek has a significantly larger opening (maybe should have a step down at all) and is obviously different visually. I can provide pictures or measurements if that would be helpful. I think I also have the Campy ferrule in question, so if I can find that in my parts drawer I might be able to offer a comparison. If you can find it locally, the Shimano piece costs less than $2 so it's a pretty low risk item.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
The bicycle looks like a Bianchi Nuovo Racing, circa 1982-1984. Serial number?
I would have said Bianchi Limited based on the fork crown.
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