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Is there some special tool for putting the crimp into cable crimps? Mostly, I just use a needle-nose pliers and squeeze, and that works well enough. But the crimps on a brand new bike are obviously crimped using some other tool, and I'd like to know what that tool is.
 

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I use the blunt edge of the cable cutters, pinched between the spring and handle.
 

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I know I probably obsess over these details. I'm surprised the Park tool doesn't have a built-in crimper. I think I'm going to order a set of those Shimano cutters that lindonchen mentions.
 

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JonathanGennick said:
I know I probably obsess over these details. I'm surprised the Park tool doesn't have a built-in crimper. I think I'm going to order a set of those Shimano cutters that lindonchen mentions.
Mine does (old-school one) and the new one's do too.
 

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Yeah, i use the crimper in my Park Tool cable cutters. Works like a charm. Before I had cable cutters, the ends of needle nose pliers worked well enough.
 

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I don't crimp anymore either. I shrink wrap them. Much easier and if you need to take it off and redo it you have a perfect ferrule.
 

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I use a blob of two part epoxy in the ferrule, looks better and when you you have to pop it off later the epoxy left on the cable keeps the end from fraying.
 

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Get a solder gun

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I use a blob of two part epoxy in the ferrule, looks better and when you you have to pop it off later the epoxy left on the cable keeps the end from fraying.
I little solder at the end of the cable, clean and able to pull through housing again.
 

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Dwad said:
I little solder at the end of the cable, clean and able to pull through housing again.
Unless your using coated cables...isn't everyone?

Honestly, crimping cable ferrules is as old school as threaded headsets.
 

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last I checked XTR cables

4JawChuck said:
Unless your using coated cables...isn't everyone?

Honestly, crimping cable ferrules is as old school as threaded headsets.
are not coated.
 

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XTR cables are not coated.
Overpriced junk.

Cheapo housings and coated cables are the far better choice for durability. Forget the cable ends that come in the kits use shrink tubing, it at least keeps out the water.

You don't lube coated cables, you run them dry.:thumbsup:

Ever look at an XTR chain and a XT chain? They are the same, the only difference is the XTR chain is taken from the batch that had a close tolerance on the pitch. Thats what your paying for. Personally none of my sprockets are in such good condition to pay double for a close tolerance pitch chain.

Mud will do that.

Dry nylon coated cables are the best advancement in cable technology since spelting was replaced with epoxy potting for cable termination.

Its y2k gents, join the revolution.

Here's the cables I buy, the housings are a ripoff but the cables are truly superior to steel....no stretch EVER. They get a shot of dry PTFE release agent when they are installed and thats it. Have yet to replace a set, they last longer than I keep a bike.

Can't solder these ones.:D

http://www.powercordz.com/catalog/
 
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