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Why on earth would you want to use cheap cable and housing? it will decrease the performance of your brakes!!:confused:

unless you meant low cost, than i would recommend the jagwire complete kits, they use a similar set up as der housing and is reinforced.
 

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Why on earth would you want to use cheap cable and housing? it will decrease the performance of your brakes!!:confused:

unless you meant low cost, than i would recommend the jagwire complete kits, they use a similar set up as der housing and is reinforced.
Because the difference in many is nil or non-existent. There are many running multi-thousand dollar bikes here, using the cheapo Shimano or Campy or whatever sub-$2 cables and bulk housing.

First thing- Avid Flak Jackets absolutely suck, even when the sheath wires are not shooting through the ends. Second, if you want the ultimate in long term performance with little degradation, you swap to full housing do the brake. Many also use shifter housing, as it is not designed to compress like spirally wound brake housing.
 

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Try the Aztec/Delta cable and housing-it will make a big difference.Make sure to use a dremel to cut-and grind down the housing-it will melt a lil with the cut.There is just enough housing to do a 20/large Jabberwocky-a long bike-just measure twice/cut once.That is for full length to rear.The housing is a combo brake/drail-brakes feel a lot better.And the teflon coated cable-i had one set on a bike that was on a boat or in a marina for 2yrs-cable still slick.Your LBS can set you up.
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scooter916 said:
Why on earth would you want to use cheap cable and housing? it will decrease the performance of your brakes!!:confused:

unless you meant low cost, than i would recommend the jagwire complete kits, they use a similar set up as der housing and is reinforced.
true but only really if you are talking about coated and non-coated cables. the teflon coated cables are def worth the money because they slide through the housing so much better. less resistance, less drag. and yes, full housings allow the performance of the system to last much longer. try Aztec, they work well for me.
 

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I've never used Teflon or otherwise coated cables that worked any better than regular SS cables. In fact, all the coated cables I used (using alternative coatings) gummed the inside of the housings, thus destroying it, then there are the black and other color teflon coatings that just simply flake off. They provide nothing after a few rides. The flaked off coating ends up inside the housing, or lord knows where, in the case of the exposed area on SRAM derailleurs.
 

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If you lube coated cables or use in lubed housing-there is a gummy deal.The teflon coated cable in a teflon/plastic liner is very low friction.If exposed,the cable coating flakes a lil bit,but not in the housing.I always run full housing runs for discs.
Give aztec's a try again-maybe yall got a bad run of them.
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I've never used Teflon or otherwise coated cables that worked any better than regular SS cables. In fact, all the coated cables I used (using alternative coatings) gummed the inside of the housings, thus destroying it, then there are the black and other color teflon coatings that just simply flake off. They provide nothing after a few rides. The flaked off coating ends up inside the housing, or lord knows where, in the case of the exposed area on SRAM derailleurs.
I don't know what brand of coated cables you tried JC, but the Aztec Delta brand i have been using for years does not flake off or gum up at all. And the Teflon coating makes a huge noticable difference in performance. I tried to go back to reg SS cables once (cause i needed a cable and its all i had laying around) and I wound up taking it off after 1 ride - too much friction.
The only place the coating may start to wear off the cable is where it enters/exits the housing if not running full housings. Otherwise its very durable.
 
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