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I finally got my hands on some Mini i-Links so here's all the details you need to know about them:

First of all the most important info: they weigh just 15,5g per meter (100cm outer housing+inner liner)

That's half the weight of your standard Shimano housing !! This is by far the lightest housing on the market.

WEIGHT MINI i-Link:
100cm outer housing +inner liner: 15,5g
100cm outer aluminium housing: 12,7g
100cm inner liner: 2,8g

OUTER DIAMETER MINI i-Link:
aluminium housing: 4,25mm
liner: 1,95mm

MINIMUM POSSIBLE RADIUS MINI i-Link:
21mm

Compatible with SHIFTING ONLY !!

1 Set contains:
180cm outer aluminium housing
160+230cm inner liner
2 "slick" steel wires (standard size)
several endcaps and frame protectors

When comparing them to the regular i-links you immediately note how tiny these Minis are.They are really miniscule. The liner of the regular i-Links does not fit in the Minis. They can do much sharper bends. I didn't install them yet but just taking them apart for weighing them tells me you need to take more attention. The are really mini and putting segments back together needs a fine hand where the regular i-links could be opened and stuck together in no time you need to concentrate a bit more with the Minis but the setup is still the same and done all by hand. They still offer the same advantage as the regular i-links with a full sealed housing , slick performance and and easy setup.
 

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snowdrifter said:
U need to get some new eyes then. Those ribs are just aweful.
Stop staring at you shifter cables while riding. ;)

I wonder how they will work with standard frame stops - look a bit too thin - do you need some wider cap at the end if you do not run full length housing?
 

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Stop staring at you shifter cables while riding. ;)

I wonder how they will work with standard frame stops - look a bit too thin - do you need some wider cap at the end if you do not run full length housing?
The Alligator kits all come with a complete complement of ferrules.

As for appearance, doesn't bug me at all, and I-Links look fine on my bike currently IMHO. To each their own.
 

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so i'd save 15 grams for a meters worth over standard shimano/jagwire housing? I don't think i even have a meters worth of housing on my bike. It's 1x9.

Either way, i like these.
 

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Curmy said:
Stop staring at you shifter cables while riding. ;)

I wonder how they will work with standard frame stops - look a bit too thin - do you need some wider cap at the end if you do not run full length housing?
I roll generic SIS, or SRAM, whatever I get on the cheap. Droping $50 on some housing I need to replace every 6mths or so is a bad investment. Saving 20-30g is pointless, unless it's rolling weight, and even there it's almost pointless.
 

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I roll generic SIS, or SRAM, whatever I get on the cheap. Droping $50 on some housing I need to replace every 6mths or so is a bad investment. Saving 20-30g is pointless, unless it's rolling weight, and even there it's almost pointless.
You are in the wrong forum.

I found that ILink last much longer as inner housing is continuous. Well sealed system.
 

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Curmy said:
You are in the wrong forum.

I found that ILink last much longer as inner housing is continuous. Well sealed system.
I had some Nokons, same idea, they got all gummy, offered no real performance advantage, waste of money. I like light parts when sensible, when the weight savings justify the cost, light expensive housing does not.

I just saved 400grams of rotating weight, with minimal performace loss. Your comments are one of a fool.
 

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I had some Nokons, same idea, they got all gummy, offered no real performance advantage, waste of money. I like light parts when sensible, when the weight savings justify the cost, light expensive housing does not.

I just saved 400grams of rotating weight, with minimal performace loss. Your comments are one of a fool.
gtfo troll. if your nokons got gummy you were doing it wrong. your actions are one of a fool...
 

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I had some Nokons, same idea, they got all gummy, offered no real performance advantage, waste of money. I like light parts when sensible, when the weight savings justify the cost, light expensive housing does not.
I am not sure what your inability to install Nokons has to do with this. Nokons weight the same as Shimano housing. This item is almost twice lighter. If it is the same price as regular iLink, it is under $2 per gram savings for upgrading, or less if installing new, which is not bad at all. If you do not care about this at this price per gram - I have no idea why you do read and comment on this thread and this forum.
 

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Curmy said:
I am not sure what your inability to install Nokons has to do with this. Nokons weight the same as Shimano housing. This item is almost twice lighter. If it is the same price as regular iLink, it is under $2 per gram savings for upgrading, or less if installing new, which is not bad at all. If you do not care about this at this price per gram - I have no idea why you do read and comment on this thread and this forum.
$2 savings a gram is not bad, but it's not all the much of a savings all things considered, the pain of install, the ugly looks, but hey, if you like them, roll them. The difference between a 20.4 pound bike, and a 20.2 pound bike is not gaining much at all. My nokons were installed fine, but you need to lube them, and they build up residue over time, causing them to get gummy.
 

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My nokons were installed fine, but you need to lube them, and they build up residue over time, causing them to get gummy.
I think we all can agree that Nokons suck. iLink seem to be functional, and if you do not stare at them while riding they seem to work fine - and they are stupid easy to install and maintain. I did not like them on a full suspension frame though for rear derailleur use....
 

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Well your mom suggested the lube to use, so it's her bad then.
see you are the dumb one for taking advice from her.

my mom only knows the right lube for putting things up her ass...

she does not know bikes at all
 

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Just a reminder on different cableweights (weights for 100cm = 1m):

BRAKE:
Tune "plastic"5mm: 18g/m
Tune "plastic" 6mm : 21.5g/m
Alligator i-Links: 27g/m
Tune "Aluminum" : 37g/m
Nokon (Aluminium outer+Liner): 38,1g/m
Powercordz: 45g/m
Jagwire: 50g/m
Shimano: 53.0g/m
Gore Ride-on: 54g/m
Gore: 57g/m
Shimano XTR : 58.5g/m

SHIFT:
Gleitec U3 : 12.5g/m (not available anymore)
Alligator Mini i-Links(outer Aluminium+Liner): 15,5g/m
Tune "plastic": 18/m
Shimano SP81 Yumeya: 23g/m
Gore Ride-on light (without inner Liner!): 23g/m
Alligator i-Links (outer Aluminium+Liner): 27g/m
Jagwire: 32.0g/m
Shimano SIS : 34.0g/m
Nokon Carbon (Carbon outer+Liner): 35,1g/m
Transfil "flying snake": 36g/m
Nokon (Aluminium outer+Liner): 38,1g/m
Powercordz: 39g/m
Gore Ride-on: 54g/m
 
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