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Route bar end control cables in&out of bars?

Old 02-04-09, 01:33 PM
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Route bar end control cables in&out of bars?

Has any body done this? I'm thinking that two holes per side to run the cables inside and out to clean up the appearance of my wife's bike. It has Ultegra 8-spd barcons used in friction mode with 80's Chorus derailleurs.
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Seems like the bend closest to the shifter would have to be pretty abrupt, so I'd worry about binding the cable. Plus, if there's something I don't like about the appearance of bar-ends, it's the loop of cable between the bars and bike, and you won't be eliminating that. So personally, I wouldn't bother. But if you do it pls. post a picture.
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Originally Posted by jbonamici View Post
Seems like the bend closest to the shifter would have to be pretty abrupt, so I'd worry about binding the cable. Plus, if there's something I don't like about the appearance of bar-ends, it's the loop of cable between the bars and bike, and you won't be eliminating that. So personally, I wouldn't bother. But if you do it pls. post a picture.
I remember seeing a picture where someone ran the cables around the bar under the tape and out the top and down to the adjusters like brifters. I'm wondering about doing the same but inside the bars. The holes at the top would be aways from the stem and rolled over with a phillips head screw driver to let the cables come out parallel to the bars before they arc down to the adjusters. I'd similarly roll the holes just ahead of the barcons to let the cables go inside flush. My wife's no animal on the bike so I don't think a fatigue fracture would be an issue.
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Bars tend to be a bit too thin for hand comfort anyway. Why not just run them under the tape - of get bars with grooves?
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I agree with Zorro. It would be less work and probably work a little better if you just ran the cables under the tape. You would still get the clean look your after and you wouldn't have to worry about the bend of the cable right at the shifter as it enters the bar. I agree that that bend would be a little tight.
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I did the internal brake cable routing with a Modolo road bar way back then before the introduction of grooved bars. Most of today's bars no longer have a sleeve reinforcement where they attach to the stem. Drilling holes will always risk fracture failure of the bar, and must be monitored. A personal risk.
I took that risk given the built up thickness near the stem.
I can't recommend drilling aluminum bars near the stem. Especially if it's not a personal ride.
Your wife will likely not experience a failure, but the possibility will always be there.

I don't also care for cables looping all over the front of the bars. Probably why I won't accept STI setups for my own bikes. I plan to run a set of Ultegra bar ends but route the housing along the bars. A dual grooved bar simplifies things, no need to drill.
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I did it. I though it came out quite nicely.

You can see the pictures here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=507266
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some bars were made for this, here is an NOS Nitto Rando bar:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=300290642495
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