I'm experiencing brake & shifter cable hell, and would greatly appreciate suggestions.
Original setup: shimano steel cable housing & steel braided cables. Operation ok, but decided to upgrade.
2nd setup: Gore Ride-On housing & teflon cables. The housing was incredibly stiff, so much so that it
created drag/resistance when turning the front wheel. The cables started out good, then the teflon wore
down and balled up, creating resistance.
3rd setup: Nokon aluminum ferrule housing, aftermarket cable liner (bigger ID), & Powercordz cables.
The Nokon is flexible, but didn't seem to be as stiff as promised. The Powercordz never worked right,
as they were too stretchy from the start.
4th setup: replaced the Powercordz with std. steel cables. Performance improved a bit, but the shifting
still inaccurate and not crisp at all (still with Nokon housing).
Help I'm in Cable Hell! Please recommend a light weight but solid cable system that doesn't cost 3 figures!
Reading this, back to Shimano !
My experience > braking = stiff, shifting = smooth, set up = straightforward, long lasting.
When shifting gets 'bad', it usually is the case that the cable housing near the rear derailleur is full of mud after riding in the rain for a couple of hours. Just replace that bit and the the cable and you are good to go again