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any measurable difference in cable quality/function

Old 05-15-07, 01:48 AM
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any measurable difference in cable quality/function

i bought some generic cables from my lbs. some cheap made in china stuff. is there a difference between these and shimano dura ace or campy cables? i thought a cable is a cable but what do i know since im a noob.
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definitely, imho cables and pads are actually the most important pieces of your braking system yet the most overlooked. Nice cables (teflon, etc...) will have lower friction, and quality housing will compress less under braking giving a firmer brake feel. make sure to lube the cable and the housing.
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I have found spending a bit more for quality stainless steel cables has helped pevent corrosion. Down here in the heat, humidity and sweat, cables corrode rather quickly.
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Originally Posted by registered usar
i bought some generic cables from my lbs. some cheap made in china stuff.
Did those "generic" cables have a name on them? Maybe .. Jagwire?
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Good cables worth the extra coin? Absolutely. 'Boutique' cables worth it? no. FWIW the last time I ordered generic Nashbar house cables, they were Jagwire cables. Pretty good deal, actually.
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(1) What about housings.... do they make a difference or is it all in the cable?
(2) Jagwires - do they stretch less?
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1) IMHO it's about overall product quality. Housings matter. A lot.

2) No. Most good cables are 'pre-stretched' to reduce the issue but I've never seen it eliminated entirely.
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^ Who makes the best housing for your money?
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The Jagwire stuff has proven to be pretty damn good on my winter beater (which sees tremendous abuse). Otherwise I'll stick with Shimano or Campy cable sets in the future. I tried Aztec Powerlines (similar to, and cheaper than, Nokon) and have not found those to be worth a damn. Some of the better wrenches around here probably have more solid advice on the topic.
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What about the "Shimano and Campagnolo compatible" cable sets that Probikekit sells? Anyone with any experience with those?

https://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=A1183
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What about the "Shimano and Campagnolo compatible" cable sets that Probikekit sells? Anyone with any experience with those?

https://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=A1183
To me that makes no sense.
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