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Gear & Brake Cables

Postby RRalphy » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:20 am

Doing my first build (yay? :( ) and wanted to check what I needed in terms of cables. I will be running a mix of sram red and force on the bike and wanted opinions on what cables to get and to check that I needed inners and outers, do they come as a set?
Also on a side note the brakes I am going to order are sram force 22 dual pivot brakes, this wont be an issue for me running a 10spd groupset right since it is just the brakes??
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by BNA » Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:11 pm


Re: Gear & Brake Cables

Postby jaseyjase » Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:11 pm

You can buy cables as you need, ie

complete set - bout outters, both inners, ferules, cable ends for both gears and brakes.
brake or gear set - the above but for either gears or brakes only
seperately - outters, inners etc

just read the descriptions when purchasing, and make sure its the right compatibility, ie campy or shimano/sram.

as for brakes, i dont see it being a problem.
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Re: Gear & Brake Cables

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Re: Gear & Brake Cables

Postby Mulger bill » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:37 pm

Good gear, used on much of my bikes.
I would suggest Goodridge are better, if slightly pricer. IIRC, about $30 for each (shift or brake) kit from CRC last time I did the commuters cables. Should get another pair for the spares box...
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Re: Gear & Brake Cables

Postby Duck! » Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:56 pm

I find the Shimano sets to be mighty good. Make sure you get PTFE-coated inner gear cables though; it's needed to counteract the friction of the hidden routing. Jagwire & SRAM cable coating tends to fray & jam up the outers, but I've never had that issue with Shimano.

As far as compatibility goes, Shimano & SRAM are fully compatible, Campag will accept other brake cables, but has specific gear cables.
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.
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Re: Gear & Brake Cables

Postby Dave R32 » Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:40 am

Genuine SRAM gear inner cables are 1.1mm diameter and easier to thread through the levers than Shimano or other brands of inner cables which are 1.2mm. I would recommend you get a set of Yokozuna Reaction cables and use SRAM inners on the gears.

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