Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
Reload this Page >

External Brifter cables vs. Internal routing?

Notices
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like : "Unbound Gravel". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

External Brifter cables vs. Internal routing?

Old 08-20-14, 08:01 AM
  #1  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
mikivuckovich's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 5

Bikes: Specialized TriCross Expert

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
External Brifter cables vs. Internal routing?

On my 2007 Specialized TriCross, I'm switching from the stock SRAM Rival derailleurs and shifters to Shimano. Long story, but I have the CX70 crank and it's great, so swapping out the entire drive train. The SRAM derailleur is plastic on the back, and I'm concerned about it for the upcoming CX season (I expect a few crashes). So I have an Ultegra RD, and need advice on brakes/shifters. I have Shimano 105 5600s I can put on it, with external shift cables that loop out in front of the bars and into the downtube cable stops. My current SRAM shifters are internally routed. I've heard that external is smoother operationally, but for CX I'm concerned that the cables out in front of the bars will get tangled in a crash or when I try to shoulder the bike. Anyone tried both with CX bikes? Am I paranoid? Or are shifters with internal routing just the standard now for everything and especially critical with CX?
mikivuckovich is offline  
Old 08-20-14, 10:11 AM
  #2  
Full Member
 
justin1138's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 469

Bikes: yes...

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 56 Post(s)
Liked 101 Times in 22 Posts
Originally Posted by mikivuckovich
but for CX I'm concerned that the cables out in front of the bars will get tangled in a crash
that would be a pretty brutal crash...

gevenalle aka retroshift sells shifters specific for CX with externally routed cables. you should be fine.
justin1138 is offline  
Old 08-22-14, 03:37 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
retroshift's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 61
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
CX Is tough on parts



Cyclocross is just plain tough on parts. Exposed cables are not an issue that really even need be taken into account (Try braking one!). Only time cables can be a bit of a pain is if you crash and tangle with another rider but even still cant think of a time this happened.

Your Shimano 5600 shifters should be your first choice as they are cheap (you already have them).

Enjoy the races! Its all a big fat blast!

XOXO

Goats
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
DSC_0084cSH.jpg (93.8 KB, 15 views)
retroshift is offline  
Old 08-22-14, 03:40 PM
  #4  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
mikivuckovich's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 5

Bikes: Specialized TriCross Expert

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I appreciate both of your insights. Very reassuring! Thanks.
mikivuckovich is offline  
Old 08-22-14, 04:10 PM
  #5  
Full Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Central Oregon
Posts: 457

Bikes: Redline Conquest Pro, Kona Cinder Cone, Trek Fuel EX8(RIP) Pivot Mach 5 frankenbike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
Liked 10 Times in 9 Posts
The older external cable Shimano shifters have been used on cross bikes for years. I'd be more worried about mud clogging your shifters than cables snagging, and the external shift cables are easier to service.
SlowJoeCrow is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
hokiefyd
Bicycle Mechanics
22
07-18-17 07:36 AM
Skeletor916
Bicycle Mechanics
22
05-16-17 08:35 PM
avidone1
Bicycle Mechanics
7
04-30-15 05:55 PM
roflmao147
Road Cycling
6
04-09-11 12:05 PM
fitnessrxs
Bicycle Mechanics
2
03-22-11 11:01 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.