Just thought I
'd chime in with a few pics of a recent iLink build I
Coming off DA 7900 stock cables, braking and shifting feel butter smooth, and worlds apart from DA.
Installation for me was relatively simple, although extremely time consuming, what with all the trial and error of threading the teflon liners, getting the right lengths and adjusting the links
themselves etc... It took me a good 3 hours to get the job finished. For what it's worth, I
discarded the provided instructions after about 10 minutes. The process is pretty self-explanatory, but Alligator seem to have made it sound a whole lot more complicated that it actually is!!!
Note in the 3rd from last picture the tension of the inner cable keeping the iLinks tought and away from the frame. This is one feature I
love. Gone are those annoying rattles from the cables vibrating against each other/the frame.
Also note in the last picture the length of the teflon liners. I
purposely ran mine 1 inch through/outside of the barrel adjusters. My logic behind this was that the inside diameter of the barrel adjuster was almost perfectly matched up with the outside diameter of the teflon liner, meaning that when pulled through, there was enough friction between the two to keep the liner firmly in place and to stop it slipping back through. I
also did the same on the other side, as well as on the rear derailleur.I
opted to leave off the orange frame protectors. Well, in all honesty I
forgot! In hindsight though they wouldn't have looked right on the bike, so they're in the toolbox keeping the leftover ferrules and iLinks company
(PM me if you want them?)
Anyway, onto the pics: