Gear

Tips for cable installation on cyclocross bikes

Regardless of the brand or style of cable setup, some rules apply. In testing I found that no detail is too small to overlook and every little thing you do will decrease resistance and increase the life of the system. Here’s a rundown of tricks and tips to make your…

Regardless of the brand or style of cable setup, some rules apply. In testing I found that no detail is too small to overlook and every little thing you do will decrease resistance and increase the life of the system. Here’s a rundown of tricks and tips to make your cable setup as smooth and durable as possible.

•Use dry, wax-based lubes or graphite powder lube for smooth action and less dirt attraction.

•When cutting housing to length, be sure to cut straight and clean up the ends with a grinding wheel or just trim up ragged ends with your cable cutters. A cheap solution is to buy a small grinding wheel to fit in a cordless drill. Or use a rotary tool like a Dremel.

•Use an awl to open up the housing liner after cutting. This allows for the cable to run smoothly between housing, ferrules and liner sections

•Drill your stops to allow continuous liner to run freely, or if you’re feeling really brave drill them out completely and run continuous housing. This will be stiffer so it creates more drag and slightly more weight but is easy to install and durable.

•Seal all transitions with heat-shrink tubing. Anywhere a power washer could blast water, grit and junk into the system needs to be sealed up. Pre-cut a handful of heat-shrink sections before commencing and slip one on wherever necessary. Be careful with heat shrink, it is possible to melt adjoining liner and housing if heated too long.