Before going too far, I need to give a warning to anyone installing any super-slippery coated (brake) cables…


BACKGROUND: The OEM cable set on my test bike is tight, way too much friction. After one season of training and racing, all of the steel cables are corroded, the ferrules are rusted into the calipers and the rear brake housing is starting to fall off the bike … yes, it’s time to change the cables. So, I put out some feelers to the following companies for a cable set system to install, test, and report back on. Since I have the Shimano Dura Ace 7900 on my bike, this testing will clearly tell if the cable system works. (Note: the Dura Ace 7900 took a lot of criticism for mushy shifting and braking compared to the group it replaced – the butter smooth 7800. )

*Note: PTFE is also known under DuPont brand name as Teflon.

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The companies that replied and submitted product for testing were genuinely very interested in working with me, answering all of my questions and did whatever it took to make sure that I had everything I needed to test their product.

Regardless of which cable set system that you choose, I would stick with one of the 4 manufacturers listed. Their customer service is top of the line!

Next – Part 2: NOKON CABLES

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