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    Shimano "Optislick" cables

    Time to stock up on shifter cables.

    When I got a new frame a couple years ago I had what I believe was a DA 9000 Cable kit put on.
    Worked fine but the cables had what I'd describe as little string wrapped around it and that eventually gets lose in the shifter. Not really a problem but it bugs me anyway.

    When I buy a stock of replacement inner shifter cables I want to make sure I DO NOT get those.

    Am I correct that the "Optislick" inners are just normal decent cables and not the ones coated with that crap that comes off?

    Thanks,

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    From what I can see, "Optislick" is a coating. I have no idea what Shimano means by "electrically coated layer". More info here:

    https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/techn...optislick.html

    https://www.amazon.com/Shimano-Shift.../dp/B01N3OWFG2

    I would certainly be interested in what others here have to say..
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    yeah I know it's a coating but just want to make sure it's not that stringy crap that comes off.

    The last of my supply that I bought a few years ago and don't have that crap say "sil-tech". But that seems to be outdated terminology.

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    I could just get Jagwire rather than trouble myself with this terminology (have used those and shimano in the past and they seem to work about the same to me) but I like spending $9 more than $15.

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    Personally, I would stick with plain Jane stainless steel and skip any coatings. Don't know if Shimano still makes any "naked" stainless steel cables. I don't think there's anything wrong with Jagwire either.
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