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ride_wheneverride_whenever Posts: 13,279
edited February 2008 in MTB workshop & tech
What is the difference between xt outer and xtr outer?



  • The Big CheeseThe Big Cheese Posts: 8,651 Forum Tart 2010
    Not a lot I don't think........ all SIS etc

    Different colour (can get XTR in grey) but I don't think theres anymore difference.

    I just use Fibrax outer now
  • I currently have one and a half complete sets of flying snakes, with enough outer to do the rear mech, but no continuous piece long enough for the front as well. I've also got three pieces of xt outer with end caps and the bits to seal them, they came with the new xt shifters, but they don't give enough to do even normal cable routing.

    What is my best course of action?
  • The Big CheeseThe Big Cheese Posts: 8,651 Forum Tart 2010
    Check out CRC for Fibrax outer. Same dimensions as any gear cable but they sell it by the metre - and it's cheap - hears a link.

    You can use you existing fiddlments on it... ... elID=11232

    It works as fine as anything I have used to be honest - I just had to by two lots for my Attack Trail (it has continual outer feed for rearmech over swingarm) and my Wildcard...

    Cheap as chips and twice as tasty. :wink:
  • Cool, do you reckon the snake liner will fit through it for double security, or do you think that would be unnecessary?
  • The Big CheeseThe Big Cheese Posts: 8,651 Forum Tart 2010
    Don't think it could, nor necessary tbh.

    Just keep your cable lubed and dirt free and all will be fine :wink:
  • The Big CheeseThe Big Cheese Posts: 8,651 Forum Tart 2010
    It's what a lot of bike shops use as standard as you can buy it on a roll, whereas with Shimano you can't....

    Clarkes cable outer is pretty cheap and OK too.....
  • Might just buy some xt outer from crc as they sell by the meter and i need about 4m!
  • robbarkerrobbarker Posts: 1,367
    You can buy Shimano cable outer in 10m rolls from Parker International, plus bulk quantities of end caps, ferrules etc. I keep a good stock as I'm forever replacing gear cables on friends' bikes as well as servicing my own.
  • jaysonjayson Posts: 4,606
    For what its worth, i would use the Flyin Snakes cables u have over XT or XTR hands down.

    Of all the bits and pieces ive brought for my bike the 'Snakes sealed cables have single handedly been the most impressive and functional.
  • Yeah i know snakes are good, i run them on all my geared bikes, but they wont work because the bike has full length cable runs and cable clips look rough. I suppose i could buy some more transfil outer and fit snakes full length, but that is somewhat excessive.
  • stumpyjonstumpyjon Posts: 4,069
    Can you get transfil outer by itself. I'm in the same boat, just replaced my full length cable to the rear mech but only have about 6 inches of outer left for the front mech but I still have the inner sleeve & cable.
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  • I'm not sure whether you can stumpyjon but i had the same trouble with my snakes but was only couple of inches short so was able to use a different outer to fill the gap. you could always buy another set of snakes that way youd have more ferrules etc.
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  • I quite like my jagwire braided set. At ten quid for the set they're a bit pricey but I certainly notice the difference with German engineering.

    the important thing is they're tefloned inside (like most good housings) but the cables are tefloned as well so lovely and smooth, being braided they're basicly nuke proof and they're a very sexy white tint.

    more suited to the fair weather rider though
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