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  • waller
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    I have ended up getting the XTR outers due to having problems with the Goodrich cables being to inflexible and the ferrules snapping. Used the Goodrich inners which have worked fine.

    Wish I’d just ordered shimano like I normally do from the outset.

    CRC is where I got my outers from.

    PJay
    Member

    Ah Wiggle, now I did look there but obviously missed them (they’re not shown as XTR in the listing and I should have looked closer); thanks for that.

    bigyinn
    Member

    Just get a Shimano PTFE coated inner cable and you’ll be fine.

    PJay
    Member

    I have an XTR gear cable set fitted to my bike and the shifting has always been great (although it may be a bikecebo effect where I simply convince myself that they’re better than everything else because they’re XTR).

    I’m getting some new shifters and will need to change the cables but can’t seem to find any XTR innera available on their own (just full sets with outers). I’m sure that you used to be able to buy XRT (and XT) inners separately; does anyone know where? If they’re no longer available is there anything else that stands out, or are gear cable all much of a muchness?

    beaker2135
    Member

    Just get a Shimano PTFE coated inner cable and you’ll be fine

    Merlin have these for 11.99
    I use them rear mech and either the old one (if its serviceable) or a std Shimano one for front mech

    jimification
    Member

    I just get Shimano stainless. After trying numerous cables I’m unconvinced that a PTFE coating makes any difference (though obviously, stainless is a lot better than plain steel)

    The thing that seems to make the difference to me is buying cheaper and changing them more regularly.

    Premier Icon mboy
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    Goodridge PTFE coated stainless cables are about £6 per pair, rather than £12 each like the Shimano ones.

    In use, they work just the same… That is to say noticably better than cheapo cables. Pre lubed outers make a bit of a difference too IMO.

    For the doubters out there, running good gear cables makes MUCH more of a difference to the shifting performance of the bike than the quality of the rear mech does. When you work in a shop, and fondle expensive customers bikes with cheap nasty gear cables that they bring in for a service, and wonder why their gears feel horrible, you learn the difference between cheap cables and decent ones pretty quickly!

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