steeleagle wrote: CREPELLO wrote:
steeleagle wrote:With older style brakes/pads/rims that do not "bite" at all! You can find yourself squeezing your levers incredibly hard, so hard that the cable housing flexes A LOT.
A better quality, or more specifically "linear" outer will transmit the force a lot better.
In addition to this, make sure your caliper itself is in good working order and can move freely, and that your rims are clean.
If by "linear" you mean gear cable housing, then that is outright dangerous. In the short term , it could function ok, but the steel wires of the housing, incased in the plastic casing aren't designed to hold the forces applied when applying the brakes. Ultimately, the cable will collapse, possibly quite suddenly, because there is nothing other than the plastic casing stopping the individual wires from buckling or popping out. All it takes is a nick in the plastic.
Or perhaps you meant something completely different, but I took that "linear" could only mean one thing.
They make brake specific linear cable now. Both BMX riders who want to spin their handlebars around and people running cable disc brakes who want them to responds more like hydraulics both use them.
Ok, I understand what you mean now, although scouting around on the net, it seems that "linear" brake cables are actually braided in construction. I couldn't see any that are actually linear, or are they linear under the braiding, that being there hold it all together?
I must admit that sometimes I've felt the need for something more rigid than the standard coiled outer casing, particularly with cantilever brakes. Fibrax seems to be good value at around £5 per brake.