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Are expensive cables/cable housings worth upgrading to on an entry-level bike?

Old 04-19-21, 04:59 PM
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I use the Jagwire Sport brake and shift (bar-end shifters with the housing run fully under the tape) and haven't had problems.
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Old 04-19-21, 05:48 PM
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Kind of begs the question, with how many upgrades does an entry-level bike does it stop becoming entry-level? I would hope and think those will work out just fine for you!
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I wondered this exact same thing: do fancy, expensive cable housings improve shifting or braking performance? Are they also lighter? Are some brands, or types of cable, superior to others? Will I get x amount more shifts out of the rear derailleur if I go with a Teflon coated wire? 🤔
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I think the OP answered his own question . Buy less expensive cable/housing sets and put the money saved toward component upgrades that might truly make a difference (or toward a better bike) . Before replacing anything, I’d remove the cables and housings and inspect them for damage (corrosion, broken strands, kinks and/or poorly cut housing ends). Replacement (standard) cables are inexpensive. If the housings aren’t kinked, dress up the ends without excessive shortening, lube with some sort of “dry” lubricant and use ferrules if not used originally. If a housing is kinked, replace it. Reinstall and adjust the shifters and brakes properly. I’m guessing there will be noticeable improvement .
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When it was still possible to walk in to shops, I've seen 'siliconized' cables or maybe it was some other such treatment for less friction or possibly also as a corrosion protection. It might be worth it, all other things being equal (as advised above about cable routing etc.).

Questions like these should always include pictures of the whole bike and details of cable routing. Only that way can you get good advice, otherwise it is just general advices that may not apply.

Before replacing wheels in the future, or other more expensive parts of the bike, I would consider buying a new one instead. Generally it doesn't make economical sense trying to push the bike into a higher quality category, you should have gotten better bike in the first place. But that also depends on your particular circumstances.

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Old 04-20-21, 05:38 PM
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Clean square ends on both derailleur- and brake HOUSING are a must if you want to eliminate 'mush'. I cut my housings a bit long, then cut them again with a diamond cutoff wheel in a Dremel-type tool to make certain that there is no 'slop' as a result of off-square improper cuts... Use housing ferrules at the cut ends....

The Teflon-lined housing will also help to reduce friction between the inner cable and housing.

I will also opt for drawn 'slick' inner stainless cables. They also help to reduce friction, and the anti-rust properties of stainless speaks for itself...
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Originally Posted by vane171 View Post
When it was still possible to walk in to shops, I've seen 'siliconized' cables or maybe it was some other such treatment for less friction or possibly also as a corrosion protection. It might be worth it, all other things being equal (as advised above about cable routing etc.).

Questions like these should always include pictures of the whole bike and details of cable routing. Only that way can you get good advice, otherwise it is just general advices that may not apply.

Before replacing wheels in the future, or other more expensive parts of the bike, I would consider buying a new one instead. Generally it doesn't make economical sense trying to push the bike into a higher quality category, you should have gotten better bike in the first place. But that also depends on your particular circumstances.
I don't get this...people have been coming in to my shop for the entirety of the pandemic. We did double the $$$ we did the year before Covid.
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Old 04-20-21, 07:22 PM
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I don't get this...people have been coming in to my shop for the entirety of the pandemic. We did double the $$$ we did the year before Covid.
Maybe he means literally. Some shops here in Philly make customers wait outside. But as for business, yeah. They have been slammed.
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