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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:05 am 
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I invested $180 for a set of titanium brake and derailleur cables from Fairwheel. The cables have a beautiful gold coating and feel very slippery. I first installed the brake cables on my Seven bike with D/A 7900 shifters, Nokon housings, and ee-brakes. Even after adjusting the brakes so the pads were almost touching the rims, I could pull the brake levers until they touched the bars. WAY more stretchy than steel cables. Cable friction was not a problem at all. The braking performance was noticably worse than with steel cables. Next I tried the derailleur cables. The FD shifted OK, however, I could not adjust the RD to shift reliably. At best, the shifting was slow and hesitant. Much worse than the snappy shifting I was used to with steel cables. Again, the problem was cable stretch. So, I switched back to steel cables. Complete waste of money and time! Just a heads-up for you weight weenies.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:15 am 
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Kind of a bummer there...


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:27 am 
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Did you use them just 1 ride? I have the brake ones on my EPS equipped bike and they work perfectly without any cable stretch after the initial use and setup. Give Jason at FWB a call about this, he probably could give you some feedback.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:48 am 
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I also have these KCNC ti brake cables on a Time frame, in conjunction with Aican Bungarus housing. No issues either.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:59 am 
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Something isn't right if the pads are almost touching the rims and you can squeeze the levers to the bars. Unless you got bungie cords, there has to be something else going on. Are you sure there's no areas of compression in the Nokons? I had that issue with iLinks the first time I set them up.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:31 am 
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I am using them for both shifting and braking applications. I have Dura Ace 9000, Aican housings and EE brakes. No issues at all. They work no different than steel cables. Recheck your setup.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:39 pm 
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Holy sh!t... 180 $ for cables?!? WTF??


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:42 pm 
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Overpriced, but they are half the weight of steel cables. If you're going for the lightest build, these are the cables. Getting them for my build. You only live once, baby!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:25 pm 
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This ain't cable stretch... Something else is happening in the system.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:33 pm 
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Make sure you pull the slack on the cable after the first time. Could be slack cable up where the shifters/brake are.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 3:43 pm 
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drainyoo wrote:
Overpriced, but they are half the weight of steel cables. If you're going for the lightest build, these are the cables. Getting them for my build. You only live once, baby!


I think powercordz are lighter and cheaper


Last edited by lannes on Sat Feb 22, 2014 4:11 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 4:02 pm 
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Yes but they don't work with all brakes.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 4:25 pm 
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shifting is good so far with mini-i-links and Campy SR....

they have stretched, but not much more than new steel cables.

not using for brakes though


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:15 pm 
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i've not tried the ti cables, but certainly with powercordz the nokon system takes time to bed in

so there's repeated tweaking until all the beads and ferrules have snugged up, so on initial install i make sure all adjusters are at minimum tension, then there's plenty of adjustment range


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:49 am 
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What is the weight of the Titanium cables ?


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