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the giant.
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i have my mtn bike that has a very odd cable routing for the rear end. the three cables that go towards the back of the bike all run right next to the seat tube. on rocky descents or anything mildly rough, the cables slap on the frame, and it is getting on my nerves.

so what is the best thing to do? shorten the cables and hope for better? live with it? or find a way to secure the cables?

i will try to get pics up soon of where the cables travel.
 

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Old man on a bike
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Run full lengths of housing, or at least sections of thin tubing to isolate the cable from frame on the exposed lengths of cable, or use rubber donuts on the cable if you want to leave it exposed on that section (but if you have a sloping top tube they tend to migrate to the low end and not doing a lot for slap in the middle).
 

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I was thinking something else when you said cables. Your routing is a bit strange, creative use of zipties might work, if not rethinking the routing (hard to see the whole setup in your photos, though). Perhaps something like some pieces of frame protection material to deaden the sound. Interesting bottle cage mounts, never saw a frame like that before. What is it?
 

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gbosbiker said:
how about if i routed the cables through the frame. in the area before the seat tube? so they cross? would that work?
Can't tell from your photos, might work...how about a few pics where you step back a bit to show the routing in its entirety?
 

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Bikinfoolferlife said:
Can't tell from your photos, might work...how about a few pics where you step back a bit to show the routing in its entirety?
I was thinking the same thing.

IME this type of frame (from what I can see) does well with the cables run along the down tube rather than the top tube.
 

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the giant.
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well i just solved the problem. i put duct tape on the cables so they stay in contact with the frame even in rough terrain. i just taped the cables together. its ghetto but it works. im going out to ride in a little bit to test it out. if it doesnt work ill post up pics of the entire cable routing for you guys.
 

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A friend just bought some of these, sounds like what you want. Basically, it's a rubber sleeve that you slip over the cable housing and it helps to reduce frame damage and 'clicking'. He put 5 on his bike, 4 stayed in place, the 5th required us to glue it in place.
 
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