Buying Guide - Gear and Brake Inner Wires

by Biju K on May 21, 2021
Buying Guide - Gear and Brake Cables / Inner Wires

Though the technology on bicycles have changed a lot in the recent decades, most of them still use cable actuated brakes and gears. This shows how significant the need for improving the performance, costing and efficiency of cable housings. Tremendous research and technology goes in this areas and amazing innovations are made. Let's see how much detailing has done by a single company in cables alone in this article.


Inner Wire Guide
Elite
Polished Ultra-Slick Stainless Steel

Brake and Shift Inner Wire

These ultra-slick stainless cables deliver the ultimate low-friction performance. Rather than using a coating, the Elite Ultra-Slick cables are polished to an even higher level than our Pro Slick cables. Compatible with any housing and lubricant, these Elite level cables deliver incredibly accurate, smooth performance.


Brake and Shift

STS-EL - pre-stretched, highly polished, uncoated slick stainless steel spiral-bound cables


STS-EL

Pro
Pro Polished Slick Stainless

Brake and Shift Inner Wire

Slick stainless cables undergo a polishing process to further remove imperfections. This creates a smoother surface with lower friction than PTFE-coated cables. With no coating, these are highly durable and compatible with all performance housings and lubricants. Typically used on high-end bikes, by riders wanting improved performance. Gold tint is applied for easy identification.

Brake and Shift

STS-PS - pre-stretched, polished, slick stainless steel spiral-bound cables


STS-PS

Pro Polished Stainless for Dropper

Dropper Inner Wire

​Spiral-bound stainless cables undergo a polishing process to remove imperfections, and the 0.8mm diameter improves flexibility and further reduces friction. With no coating to wear off, these cables provide long-lasting performance. STR-PS cables are designed for use only with dropper seatposts and remote levers. Gold tint is applied for easy identification.

Dropper

STR-PS - ​Polished stainless steel spiral-bound cables


STR-PS

Sport

Slick Galvanized or Stainless Steel

Brake and Shift Inner Wire

An upgrade from basic cables, these galvanized and stainless steel strands are pre-stretched, then extruded through a die that removes the rough edges resulting in a smooth surface that reduces friction along the length of the cable. These cables are the most popular choice for riders balancing performance, durability and cost. The stainless steel option offers greater resistance to corrosion.

Brake and Shift

GAS - pre-stretched, slick galvanized steel spiral-bound cables


GAS

Brake and Shift

STS - pre-stretched, slick stainless steel spiral-bound cables

STS

Basics
Galvanized or Stainless Steel

Brake and Shift Inner Wire

Low-cost, no-nonsense shift and brake cables made from spiral-bound galvanized or stainless steel strands. While both are great for entry-level, low-cost bike repairs, the stainless steel offers greater resistance to corrosion.

Brake and Shift

GAR - galvanized steel spiral-bound cables


GAR

Brake and Shift

STR - stainless steel spiral-bound cables

STR

Shift Cable Ends
Campagnolo®

Campagnolo®


SRAM® / Shimano®

SRAM® / Shimano®

Brake Cable Ends

Campagnolo®

Campagnolo®


SRAM® / Shimano®

SRAM® / Shimano®


Universal Mountain

Universal Mountain

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