Cables don't need to be changed annually as already said. It is turely a money making scam.
Transfil cables are pretty good campag and top end shimano cables are even better. You tell how good the stainless steel is by using a magnet. the less magnetic it is the higher grade stainless it is. Proper stainless steell is not magnetic but I don't think makes a good cable. Campag cables are barely magnetic. clarks cables are quite magnetic and therefoe not really that stainless. Transfill are somwhere in between.
Any shop that offer these kind of anmual e.t.c services that change a whole buch of parts will end up doing more than is needed. A scam.
Ian Raleigh wrote:
There seams to be a lot of modern cables which are failing by the heads pulling off the cable[shite quality control i guess]
Always buy stainless cables and not galvernised cables if you want to replace them.
That's quite a scary thought.
I tend to start off with a full set of campganolo cables which seem to last well, if I need to change one due to swapping components etc I buy transfill K.ble which I've been told are pretty good by modern standards.
Chris at Edison Cycles in Clowne has come across many defective brake cables
and these even include Clarks Shocked He now tests his replacement cables by pulling
the the levers as hard as he can to ensure the head doesn't 'pop' off.
Surely after fitting cables pulling the brakes levers hard to test is standard practice anway.
For campag I only use campag cables as I can be sure these work and they last a very long time in all weathers.
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