- should I coat a gear cable with owt to lower friction?
+1 cable magic
Also, KCNC do coated cables which feels quite sticky at first (the coating makes them noticeably thicker), but the coating seems to break down to a powder after a few rides and the friction drops off to almost nothing. Only used them on the road so far, not tried them on the MTB yet, but I’m tempted.
Also (again), middleburn, KCNC and others do cable oilers, fit one of those about 6″ from the rear mech on a continuous outer and it allows the oil/WD40/cable magic to flush grit towards the mech, rather than just adding it to the exposed sections which just sucks more into the outer.Posted 3 years agodeadkennySubscriber
SP41 full outer + cheap SS inner cable. Never have issues with it sticking or affecting shifting. With a full outer I don’t lube the cable. Partials I might do, but I don’t use them these days.
But if you like spend a bit on teflon coated inners. Or you can lube the cable.
pjbarton – Member
So I have the opportunity to add oil, or WD40 type stuff… any experiences?
Light oil, or wax. Not WD40!
WD40 is a solvent and water displacer. Not a lubricant. Use it to free rusty locks. Though you could use it on a rusty gear cable I guess, but the cable is shot anyway at that stage.
The same goes for GT85. It’s WD40 with a teflon additive to let Halfords convince their customers they can lubricate everything with it, and thus have them bring their bikes in to be fixed a few weeks later when all the grease is gone and it’s grinding away 😉Posted 3 years agodickieMember
I’ve been using full outers for years & always install Middleburn Cable oilers.
I put one 50mm after each shifter & one on the rear mech cable outer just after the BB.
Roll back the O-ring & input the straw of a GT85 can & squirt away.
But now I’ll try get some Cablemagic in.Posted 3 years agoplyphonMember
I’ve just been using bog standard any-old regular oil thats been hanging around the garage in one of those handy drip feed dispenser can type things.
bike hasn’t exploded and I can shift on the MTB and brake on the BMX with ease.
On the gear at the mech end just give it a wipe to stop muck buildup before you ride. I never put in enough to drip out the end though.Posted 3 years ago
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