So I’m getting towards the end of a bike build and I’m starting to fit hoses and cables, specifically the rear brake hose and the rear mech cable. Normally I route these cables around the front of the head tube before meeting up with the top or down tube (in this case down tube). But this means that the cables end up on the wrong side of the tube and they have to be crossed before connecting to the cable guides.
So what is wrong with shortening the hose and cable and routing them directly down the side of the frame to their correct positions? Surely shorter = better right?
What is the preferred method? The only drawback I can see with the more direct approach is that you may get some cable rub on the frame – but if I fit some protector patches…..?