Are bike gear cables universal?

nope. I usually agree with sydney but not this time. Brake cable ends are different for road and mountain bikes, but shift cable ends are the same. I use the generic slick stainless cables that come from QBP.

Are all bike gear cables the same?

Most brake cables are 1.5 or 1.6mm in diameter. Most shift cables are 1.1 or 1.2mm, galvanized shifter cables are 1.3mm. … Shifter cable ends are the same. Although nowadays many cables come with both ends, one on each end, and you can cut off the one you’re not using.

Are shifter cables interchangeable?

It will work, all shift housing is interchangeable. If you need to change the cable too, make sure it has the correct end stop.

Are SRAM and Shimano gear cables compatible?

The single Shimano®/SRAM® compatible anchor eliminates the need for cutting prior to installation; this greatly reduces the chance of the cable fraying and makes installation quick and simple.

Does shift cable matter?

shifting cable housing doesn’t make much of a difference (be it spiral wound or linear wound) as long as it has teflon coating on the inside (bowden or whatever it’s called) and proper caps installed. the inner cable is the important one. shimano teflon coated cables don’t rust, stretch less and run smoother.

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Can I use brake cable for gears?

in short, yes. Brake cable outers are compressible to a small degree when curved (the wire in the outer is wound like a spring). If you use one for indexed gears, the cable pull could vary slightly as the outer compresses across a curve in it’s route.

Are all Shimano gear cables the same?

Shimano does market different cables labeled Dura Ace and XTR, but the ends pictured in the QBP catalogue sure look the same to me. Anyway, I’ve used up several file boxes of shift cables. They all have only the button end and I can’t remember EVER needing a shift cable with a barrel end. No they are not…

Are brake cables the same as gear cables?

While brake and gear inner cables are nominally similar, the housings are different – brake cables use conventional ‘helical’ housing which consists of a tightly-wrapped helix of steel wire lined on both inside and outside by a plastic coating.

When should I replace my bike cable housing?

Of course, if you ever see visible damage – such as a cable fraying or unwinding, a kink or cut in the housing, or strands pulling through the end of a shift or compressionless brake housing – we recommend replacing it immediately.

Are Shimano and SRAM cables the same?

the cable ends are the same, and they work. sram pitstop cables are 1.1mm and shimano cables are 1.2mm. i like the sram pitstop cables for all shimano/sram bikes a bit better and use the all the time. but, either will work.

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Is SRAM better than Shimano?

Shimano and SRAM both make quality products, but their approach and styles are different. Looking at the current component landscape, it can be said that Shimano is generally the more conservative of the two. Over the last decade, SRAM has pursued drivetrain innovation more aggressively.

Do Shimano shifters come with cables?

The shifter will come with a new cable installed. You can reuse the housing.

Are Jagwire cables better than Shimano?

Registered. It’s less about the brand and more about the level of cable. Good Jagwire cable will be better than Cheap Shimano and the reverse is also true. Both make good cables.

Are Jagwire cables any good?

Jagwire is great stuff. It’s the only brand I buy. I like their slick stainless wire along with their lined housing. What you just bought is actually higher-grade than what I normally run.

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