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Replacing shift cables. Do I really need special "techy" cables/housing?

Old 12-20-14, 11:10 AM
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Replacing shift cables. Do I really need special "techy" cables/housing?

I bought my first CX bike a year ago and its definitely past time to replace my cables/housing. I dont do any racing, but I do ride dirt and singletrack a LOT (hashtag CX bike as MTB!) I usually replace my road bike with the standard bulk cables and housing available for cheap from my LBS. I have never purchased any special high tech/coated/sealed/magical/ cable kits because of a limited budget. BUT, ive never replaced cables on a CX bike that gets ridden very hard. My bike has a SRAM Apex group. So, are the techy cable kits worth it, or should I just stick with the bulk LBS stuff? Thanks!
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I like the Zn treated steel cables for their ease of soldering the portion to be cut.. stainless steel cables are harder to solder

but if you just cut and add the crimped cap, its more rust resistant .

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I usually just cut and crimp on an end cap, but its because Im vain and have some sweet red ano cable crimps! Little details...
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I use nice cable housing like Jagwire Ripcord for my brakes, but that's it. Shifters get the basic ss cables and housing. If you're worried about dirt getting in from exposed areas you can buy "nosed" housing caps and cable liners.

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I run Yokozuna Reaction cable/housing kits on all of my bikes, and they are definitely better than the generic cables/housing that comes stock on most bikes. The brake housing is nearly compresisonless, and really improved both lever feel and stopping power on my road bike. The shift housing is "jet lubed", and definitely improved shifting performance as well. The kit costs about $55. They are definitely a nice upgrade for any bike.
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