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    I need cables/ housing.

    I need to change/ upgrade cables and housing on my Red system. I want light weight, efficiency... What are the general recommendations. I do not hear good things about Nokon's...noisey.

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    I know for the new red they recommend gore cables and housing. Not sure on the previous version.

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    SRAM says to use Gore Ride-on sealed cables with Red and since they work really well when correctly installed I would stay with Gore. I guess you could try synthetic cables like Power Cordz if you wanted to be a total weight weenie.

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    Yokozuna if you are willing to pay more on cables/housing. I'm using the Gore Ride-on that came with the Red but noticed the thin teflon coating peeling off and I can only expect it to get gummed up eventually in the housing so I wouldn't recommend it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forge55b View Post
    Yokozuna if you are willing to pay more on cables/housing. I'm using the Gore Ride-on that came with the Red but noticed the thin coating peeling off and I can only expect it to get gummed up eventually in the housing so I wouldn't recommend it.
    Gore cables aren't 'teflon' coated, they're coated w/ a Gore-Tex membrane...that's why they're called GORE cables and not TEFLON cables.
    if care is not taken when installing them, the Gore membrane can peel off the cables and gum things up. the important thing to remember is that the cables themselves won't last any longer than normal cables, they just shift slightly smoother. since my Madone has internally routed cables, i just use normal SRAM Pitstop 1.1mm cables in Pitstop housing. i use a leftover piece of Gore liner where the cables pass through the bb cable guide, and for the frt der cable, i use a Gore grub seal to keep dirt and water from getting into the liner. my shifting is so smooth i can't really tell a difference between my set-up and the full Gore set-up.
    if the Gore cables actually lasted any longer than normal cables, i might get a little more excited about them (granted, cables don't seem to fatigue and fray in SRAM shifters like they do in Shimano), but they're just normal, braided steel cables w/ the membrane. if you don't mind paying the premium price, AND you have a good mechanic that can install them properly, go ahead and try them. if not, the normal SRAM Pitstop cables/housing work very well.
    i work for some bike racers...
    2013 Trek Madone 5.9 w/ '12 SRAM Red
    2010 Cervelo T1 sprint bike
    Ruger 10-22TD
    Smith&Wesson M&P 15-22
    Smith&Wesson M&P 9
    oh, those belong in another forum

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    The Gore Sealed system has been bombproof on my road, 'cross, and mountain bikes for about 2 years overall. If it's set up correctly and sealed, it shifts cleanly and flawlessly. When the time comes to replace the cables, I'll just thread new ones through and try not to open any bits of the system. I do like to use a bit of Nokon at the rear brake on my road bike, it seems to improve the braking. I had remnants of it around and put it to use.

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    i use yokozuna w/red and it has been flawless and pretty much untouched for 5k dry miles.

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    Has anyone used the SRAM SlickWire Shift Cable Kit? Any opinions, comments, critiques?
    According to amazon they're coated with Tefzel.

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