Which brake and gear cables

phil485 Posts: 364
edited January 2014 in Road buying advice
So, I'm upgrading my groupset to ultegra 6800 and all that remains to buy is the brake and gear cables.

Standard Shimano cables or is there something better?????

Any advise or recommendations.


  • majormantra
    majormantra Posts: 2,094
    To get the best out of the 6800 you should use the cables that come as standard with it, they're coated for very low friction.

    They're quite pricey as a separate part though.
  • majormantra
    majormantra Posts: 2,094
    (You can also use DA 9000 cables but they're likely to be even more expensive.)
  • Bozman
    Bozman Posts: 2,518
    I've just put 6800 on a bike and for groupsets past I've used other cable rather than Shimano, but the cables that come with the 6800 shifters are really good.......at the moment.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Was tempted by DA 9000 polymer coated, but went with the PTFE coated for my DA7900 this service.
    Will try 9000/polymer next time and see what the difference is though.
  • phil485
    phil485 Posts: 364
    Thanks for the heads up guys. Didn't think to look in the box! One less thing to buy :)

    All being done on the quiet so I haven't had too much of an opportunity to look over my new toys.