Jagwire Ripcord Derailleur Cable & Housing Kit Cables

3.83/5 (12 Reviews)

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Jagwire Ripcord Derailleur Cable DIY Kit: Jagwire Ripcord Mountain Derailleur Cable & Housing Sets. Cable length - 1500mm (front), 2100mm (rear)

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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Steve

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2012

Strengths:    Teflon cables are smooth. Cool colours to pick from.

Weaknesses:    Not enough cable housing to do a small Niner RDO with internal cable routing. They kink easily. This is my third set I'm going to try something else next time.
Made in china. Really we can't even make a simple cable in this country.

Bottom Line:   
Not impressed with the product. Regular cables and housing are just as good at a much smaller price.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by yeahbike a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2012

Strengths:    Easy to install
Works well- smooth shifting
Comes in various colors
Not made in the US

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This cable kit functions as advertised. Kit includes everything you need except for cable/housing cutter. The cables were free of kinks when opening the package. All the hardware and housing were good in condition. Prior bike mechanical knowledge will be very helpful for installation. I prefer soldering the cable ends instead of using the caps because they always fall off. They come interesting colors. Go out and ride.

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Favorite Trail:   dirt ones with rocks & downhills

Duration Product Used:   3 month

Price Paid:    $28.00

Purchased At:   amazon

Bike Setup:   Not for fire road racers.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jason Malchow a Cross Country Rider from Akeley, MN, USA

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2011

Strengths:    The sleeve protects the cable from being exposed to dirt and moisture. This seems like a superior setup as opposed to the Ride-on cables. I had these and the protective plastic would bunch up and I am glad I switched.

Weaknesses:    Made in China. An extra cap or two would be nice.

Bottom Line:   
Top of the line product with many different styles/colors. Instructions were somewhat confusing. Becomes obvious after your first try. Would not go back to another brand. I ended up using a grinder to clean up the ends of the cable. The cable cutter I started with didn't leave the ends in very good shape.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   AMAZON

Similar Products Used:   Gore Ride-on

Bike Setup:   Nx7.7 24 speed, Duke XC fork, Formula Oro brakes, Titanium cassette, Hollow-tech crank, Race Face stem and handlebar, Sachs and X9 derailleurs, Mavic wheels, Cane Creek headset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by melineman a Cross Country Rider from N. Maine

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2010

Strengths:    Smooth, accurate shifting, looks, and Jagwire Customer Service is top of the line.

Weaknesses:    ZERO.

Bottom Line:   
Great kit. Easy with the right tools (you need a good cutter, park or pedros). This works best if you have your old housing still on then just replace one section at a time, measuring and cutting. If not, it wasn't that hard to do it with a new frame. Love the uber-crispy shifting. Light years better than SRAM stuff. Looks sweet.

THE BEST: Jagwire customer service. My brake housing (not my shift housing, read my Ripcord Brake Housing review)was to short. Jagwire solved this within two emails (a dude with just one name, MacLayne, thats because he is so badass he only needs one name), 24 hours, and a courteous and professional attitude. Unless I have a catastrophic failure of these systems, I am a converted lifetime customer. My XT front and XTR rear came to life with this kit. You def get what you pay for when you spend a little extra. I will write a long term review in the fall. THANKS JAGWIRE!

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Favorite Trail:   The Bog

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   SRAM (puke in my mouth a bit), Shimano (meh, decent), Shop stuff on 1000' spools.

Bike Setup:   2009 Rocky Mountain Altitude, stock frame only, everything else is Frankenbike.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jdncpa a Cross Country Rider from Fishers, IN

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2009

Strengths:    Strong, smooth, looks

Weaknesses:    You need a proper round cable cutter or the end caps are hard to install

Bottom Line:   
I was a little frustrated with these cables at first as I was using a regular wire cutter for the job. The housing got a little frayed and was impossible to install the end caps. I purchased a round cable cutter and it made the job 100% easier.

Like most things in life, use the proper tools to get the desired results.

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Favorite Trail:   Brown County State Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $22.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Avid

Bike Setup:   2001 Stumpjumper M4 Comp, Avid BB7, Panaracer Fire XC, Marchozzi MX Comp

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Frs1661 a Cross Country Rider from Rochester

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2008

Strengths:    Housing is attractive. Fairly cheap.

Weaknesses:    Cable diameter was a little smaller then stock on my Marin.

Bottom Line:   
Shifting is much improved over my dirty stretched cables. No complaints.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   blueskycycling

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by suvowner a Cross Country Rider from little rock,ar,usa

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2008

Strengths:    easy to setup, light, and very low cable friction

Weaknesses:    cutting housing is tricky with dremel, have to cut for a split second then let it cool then cut again, about 5-6 breif small less than 1 second cuts to get through without melting inner lining

Bottom Line:   
stock sram xo grip shifter have teflon cables of 1.1mm diameter, most bulk cables are 1.2mm and not teflon coated........and yes i could feel a difference..........

so installed this kit on a fisher supercaliber and couldn't be happier shifting is crisp, and grip turns with ease...rear cable is now fully protected all the way to derailer, should preserve shifting in bad weather....

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Favorite Trail:   hmmmmmmmmmm

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Similar Products Used:   stock

Bike Setup:   sram xo grip shifters

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff a Weekend Warrior from Orange County, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2007

Strengths:    Light weight cables. Housing comes in cool colors.

Weaknesses:    Not enough housing length for the derailler diy kit. The feruls are plastic and lack options.

Bottom Line:   
You will not have enough housing to run completely housed shift cables. There is just enough if you utilize the cable stops on your frame.

The contents of the kit contains feruls but the options kind of suck and all the feruls are cheap plastic.

The brake kit is good however with plenty of cable and housing. The housing is lighter than the cheap stuff and has a nice finish. Comes in pink, orange, brown and black.

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Favorite Trail:   Tibble Fork

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $22.00

Purchased At:   The Path Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Shimano

Bike Setup:   Blur original. XT deraillers, Avid mechanical disk brakes, Rock Shocks Psylo thru axel. Kenda Nevegal or Maxxis 2.35 back, 2.5 front

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gerald a Weekend Warrior from Orlando, FL, USA

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2007

Strengths:    Strong housing, slick wires, good finishing details (caps, boots, etc)...

Weaknesses:    Not enough housing for a large frame bike. Mine is a medium (18) and I had just enough. I had to measure twice to make sure I had enough. I ended up trimming a little more. But it would definitely be nice if they would include more housing...

Bottom Line:   
Great wires so far. I have not had them long enough to find any issues. I have a set of XTR that I could have used instead, but the Jagwires seemed a little better...housing-wise. The cable was exactly the same as XTR. The boots and end caps were slightly different.
My only big complaint is that Jagwaire needs to include a longer housing run.

Overall, great product so far... I will chime in back with a long term review...

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Favorite Trail:   Jones Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $23.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Stock cables and housing...

Bike Setup:   2004 Raleigh Ram 2.0; fully modded.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by mumps from Japan

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2006

Strengths:    Kind of cool to have black cables

Weaknesses:    -Expensive
-"Rain Coats" fill up with grit
-Narrower gauge than regular cable, seems like it sits funny in the hole where it runs into the derrailleur

Bottom Line:   
Fit these last autumn and am getting rid of them already. The the rain boots seem clever but dont stay in place and fill up with grit.
Plastic end caps don't stay on leading to frayed cables.

Shifted very smoothly (teflon coating perhaps)when I frist fit them but after 6 months (3 winter months stationary in garage) rear derailleur has become completely useless.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   stock, Shimano XTR

Bike Setup:   GF hartail upgraded

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from Red Bank, NJ

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2006

Strengths:    Slick coating on cable

Weaknesses:    Housing short, heavy, ferrule noodles too large

Bottom Line:   
Very disappointed in this cable set. The biggest problem I had is the ferrule noodles are a larger diameter than XTR, and would not fit in the seat tube cable stop of my Fuel. There was not enough housing to fit my x-large frame, so I had to re-use old housing for the Front deraileur.
In spite of carefully preparing and grinding the ends square, the cable length never settles in, resulting in sluggish and sloppy shifting at the rear.
The Kevlar does not appear to serve any purpose at all. The housing is larger diameter and ~25% heavier than shimano. The rain boots do not seem to seal as well as XTR.
Sorry to say that I don't recommend this for anyone.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   XTR, QBP

Bike Setup:   Fuel 100, XTR

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by STU SPEER a Cross Country Rider from Susanville,Ca

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2005

Strengths:    Appears to be a sealed system for dust and water. Has "rain jackets" protecting ferrule ends that slide back and forth as you shift.Smooth shifting.

Weaknesses:    Labor intensive,not for the beginner mechanic. Don't make a mistake when cutting the housing to fit, as there was barely enough.

Bottom Line:   
So far so good. I'm picky about shifting and really hard on equipment so time will tell on this one.

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Favorite Trail:   North Contour,Moscow Mtn

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $34.00

Purchased At:   Bike Station, Susanville

Similar Products Used:   stock cable

Bike Setup:   TREK FUEL 100,XTR

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Jagwire Ripcord derailleur cable install question

I got in my Jagwire Ripcord combo (brake & derailleur) cable kit and installed the brake cables without serious issues. The first photo shows what came in the derailleur kit. The actual cable and the housing are clear, but there's also some hollow plastic tubing. What's that for? There's also a s ... Read More »

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