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Stretching gear cables

steelie600steelie600 Posts: 519
edited June 2012 in MTB workshop & tech
Just a quick one and im sure its just me being a div.

Ive got XTR shimano cables on Ralph and yesterday the indexing was spot on, Today Ive had to reset it all due to the cables stretching. Is this normal even on high end cables?? I could imagine it happening quite a bit on cheapo cables but these are the full monty top of the line ones.

Im just being a div arent I?
Idiot ^^^^^^^^^



  • Chunkers1980Chunkers1980 Posts: 8,035
    Cables don't really stretch, it is more settlement.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    as above the outers settling into the feruls.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • steelie600steelie600 Posts: 519
    Okey dokes Thought it woukd be something like that tbf. Just done another 3 miles ish and no issues with indexing. SO hopefully they done their settling
    Idiot ^^^^^^^^^

  • YeehaaMcgeeYeehaaMcgee Posts: 5,740
    Something I always do after fitting new gear cables, is to shift the mech to the highest cable tension (generally speaking, largest sprocket on the back) then pull the gear cable taught using a gloved hand by the downtube a few times, and pull really hard.
    It seems to help pull the cable outer into the ferules properly.

    Then set up the indexing as normal.
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