Best Bike Shift Cables & Housing in 2020



JAGWIRE MOUNTAIN SHOP KIT - Shifter / Derailleur Cable & Housing Kit - SRAM/Shimano MTB Review:


I debated whether or not I needed to replace the cables on my mountain bike but after straighting the derailer hanger, cleaning and lubing the derailer, and cleaning lubing and checking the chain, I was still not happy with the shifting. This new cable made shifting into lower gears much easier as I was not fighting the friction of the cable and made shifting into higher gears faster as the derailer did not have to pull the old worn cable out. I am much happier with the shifting now.



corki Universal Bicycle Shifter Cable Housing Set for Shimano Sram Derailleur Review:


I just set this up for my front derailleur with Shimano shifter, was a fairly straight forward process after watching a video on YouTube. Quality seems very good though I still have to road test it. Just note that depending on the routing system on your bike, you may have to buy two of these sets to have enough outer cable to fully replace front and rear derailleurs. My Fuji is setup with the outer cable going continuously through the frame, and I have just enough outer cable with one set to replace front and rear, but there is a small 5-inch segment in the very back that I'm short on. If you only have outer cabling on the exterior of the frame then you should be good with one set to replace both front and rear. I strongly recommend using good cable cutters though, especially for the outer cable, pliers will just squish it and you will likely have to apply a lot of force. I used the Park Tool CN-10 and it cut through these really easily.



Sunlite Lined Brake Cable Housing, 5mm x 50ft Review:


Time will tell how well this housing holds up, but as far as install and initial impressions go, this is a real winner. The color selection and quality is great despite the low cost. Be absolutely sure you use the proper tools to install this (or any other) housing, and get some ferrules for the ends for the best results.



BlueSunshine 10 Pcs 1.8m Length Bike Replaceable Cycling Shifter Cable Set OR Brake Cable Set and Silver Alloy Cable Cap End Tip Crimp Set, 10 Pack Review:


Don't know why you'd rate them less than 5 stars. They're exactly what you'd expect to get; 10 stainless der cables that fit and work. They were well packaged with the cables wrapped together and sealed in a package with sufficient tips to finish each one and a bonus of extra end caps for your housing along with housing clamps for bikes that need them. These are items you don't usually get free at the shops except for the tips. There really isn't much that can be done to make it a better offer except make them cheaper and the price is good enough that there isn't a reason to do so.



SHIMANO Road Bicycle Shift Cable Set - OT-SP40 Review:


Don't know why you'd rate them less than 5 stars. They're exactly what you'd expect to get; 10 stainless der cables that fit and work. They were well packaged with the cables wrapped together and sealed in a package with sufficient tips to finish each one and a bonus of extra end caps for your housing along with housing clamps for bikes that need them. These are items you don't usually get free at the shops except for the tips. There really isn't much that can be done to make it a better offer except make them cheaper and the price is good enough that there isn't a reason to do so.



JAGWIRE ROAD SHOP KIT - Complete Brake & Shifter Cable and Housing Kit- Black - SRAM/Shimano Review:


I normally go for the Jagwire Road Pro complete cable kit, but it seems nobody is selling it on Amazon any more, and the separate kits seem to double the price of what the complete kit used to be.

These cables came in non-OEM packaging and without instructions. The brake cable housings especially are a noticeable downgrade from the "Pro" version (significantly heavier, more difficult to cut). The inner shift cables are standard steel without the slick Teflon coating you get with the "Pro" version. While the Teflon gives a more slick initial feeling, my experience is that it tends to gum-up after 5,000 miles or so, so I actually prefer these standard steel cables. The shift inner cables seem particularly prone to fraying when cut, so be prepared to crimp immediately after cutting.

Once installed, shifting and braking performance is good. Since they come without instructions, I cannot recommend these cables to novices.



SHIMANO Dura-Ace OT-SP41 Polymer-Coated Derailleur Cable Review:


I had older shifters and derailleurs and shimano doesn’t recommend these polymer coated cable sets for those because the clamp isn’t knurled like the new ones and may allow the cable to slip. I cut a small piece of 220 grit sandpaper and easily removed the coating where the clamp is and have had no problems with it slipping. Shifts like a dream now. I did also have to shoot some oil in the shifters to free up the hardened original grease that was also preventing smooth shifting. I used ballistol. After doing that these things shift like brand new. I did the brake cables at the same time. I had to buy a few 4mm Id ferrules for the shifter side ends because the ones in this kit have a notch for the newer shifters and wouldn’t have fit properly.