Alligator Ilink / Mini Ilink

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Luca79
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by Luca79

I'm in the process of re-cabling my Supersix EVO and I was wondering what's the best lightweight option.

I was suggested to go with Ilinks for brakes and Mini Ilink for gears, is this a good system in your opinion?

I'm also a bit concerned about how easy it is to install this cables, is this something that any decent bike mechanic can easily do?

Thanks!

1415chris
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by 1415chris

Both quite easy to install. Mini version takes a time to settle in. The segments compress into each other, which requires constant cable adjustment.

Luca79
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by Luca79

Thanks!

Any idea on how much weight can be saved switching from standard Sram Red / Gore on cables to the Alligators?

Johnny Rad
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by Johnny Rad

Many years ago, I used Alligator Mini I-Link shift and I-Link braking cables. I constantly battled poor shifting and returned to the heavier Yokozuna shift cables with my tail between my legs. The I-Links were just fine for braking.

I later went with Aican Bungarus for braking because they were reportedly lighter than I-Links. After maybe 3 seasons, I replaced them with another set. I'm on a new bike and I chose Aican for brakes again. They just work great, but many of the little barrels (ferrules?) corroded and some chipped / cracked over time.

http://fairwheelbikes.com/aican-bungaru ... cable-set/

http://blog.fairwheelbikes.com/2012/08/ ... uperlight/

thedonnydino
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by thedonnydino

Luca79 wrote:I'm in the process of re-cabling my Supersix EVO and I was wondering what's the best lightweight option.

I was suggested to go with Ilinks for brakes and Mini Ilink for gears, is this a good system in your opinion?

I'm also a bit concerned about how easy it is to install this cables, is this something that any decent bike mechanic can easily do?

Thanks!


Hi Luca, don't bother. If you ride your bike often, you will find that the links compress and as previously pointed out cables need to be constantly adjusted. In addition, they are not durable, with the out coating chipping quite easily.

Jagwire Elite Links are a superior product. Light shifting, and still look like new with at least 8 months on them.

superdx
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by superdx

+1 for the Jagware Elite Links, I have them for braking. Very responsive braking, good power, no complaints. Best part is no more outer cable fraying on my Evo where the cable goes into the frame.

Can't say anything for shifting peformance as I'm on Di2.

Mep
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by Mep

superdx wrote:+1 for the Jagware Elite Links, I have them for braking. Very responsive braking, good power, no complaints. Best part is no more outer cable fraying on my Evo where the cable goes into the frame.

Can't say anything for shifting peformance as I'm on Di2.

Were there any weight savings going to the Elite Links?

Krackor
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by Krackor

Who has installed mini iLink into Sram shifters? None of my ferrules seem to fit correctly in my Sram Force 22 shifter. The links themselves seem to (barely) fit in the silver built-in "ferrule" in the shifter body but I'm concerned about stress points with the link edge taking the cable tension load. Has anyone tried this?

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4ibanez
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by 4ibanez

I used i-links with Red 22. It was a pain to set up first time, but otherwise issue free. No problem at the shifters - I just used the ferrules provided.

Krackor
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by Krackor

I have several ferrules from the mini iLinks set but none of them seem to fit inside the silver recess in the shifter body. Some of them will fit against the outer lip of the silver recess, but then the bend in the links starts too late and they stand proud from the shifter body.

Do you happen to have a photo of the ferrule you used?

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4ibanez
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I'll see if I can find the box in the garage when I'm free, but I can't remember off the top of my head which one I used... also might be worth trying the other channel in the shifter body if you didnt already.

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rossjm11
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by rossjm11

Spend the money and get powercordz. You won't regret it
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Lewn777
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by Lewn777

Jagwire Elite Links are very good.
The save roughly 40-50 grams over standard Shimano cable outers if you are running mechanicals.
Lighter with superior shifting and durability - what's not to like?

Anyone tried Powercordz cables with Jagwire Elite Links cable outers?

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