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  • Gear Cables and Stem

     konastinky888 updated 11 years, 1 month ago 4 Members · 6 Posts
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  • Pitbull69

    Member
    19 November 2009 at 8:51 pm

    redoing the whole front end on my cube as it has some damage and I cant decide on a stem, the stem on it at the moment is a Easton EA30 and its just to long, so i have been looking at the FUNN Rippa Stem (in yellow) has anyone had experiences with these stems and would I be right in thinking it would be a direct replacement (sorry im still learning) link to stem http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=15837

    I am also having some trouble choosing some decent gear cables, I was origianlly after soe Nokon MTB gear cables, they seemed to come in nice colours and some reviews say there really good, but I was then told they wasnt all that good, has anyone got any pointers on some decent inner and outter gear cables. I would rather buy once and they last than have to keep replacing them, especially as i will have to keep paying the shop to replace them each time they need doing…

    thanks for any advice in advance…

  • Jeff

    Member
    20 November 2009 at 12:32 pm

    before you upgrade your stem it might be worth pointing out that theres been a recall on easton ea30 stems after 1 broke, you may be able to get a free replacement the length you require if yours is one of the recalled ones.

    http://www.singletrackworld.com/2009/10/easton-ea-30-stem-recall/

    dont know if yours is affected but i thought it would be worth telling you about it.

  • Pitbull69

    Member
    20 November 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks Jeff, indeed mine was a recall… I have sent them an email asking where I stand, And see what they say.. I will still probably change the stem and sell the replacement, nothing like customizing your bike to make it your own… Thanks again

  • tomlevell

    Member
    20 November 2009 at 8:51 pm

    You need to ensure you buy the correct size stem.

    Practically all are for 1 1/8″ steerer tube but there are no 2 standard bar diameters.

    25.4mm and 31.8mm

    The larger size is becoming standard as the likes of Easton only seller the oversize now but you may have the other.

    As for cables I’ve used most of them (not Gore though) and using standard shimano cables and outer and sealed ferrules works best for me in all weathers. I also don’t rate full standaard outers as they are never as good as the split system and when they deterioate they go bad very quickly. Some people find them fine.

    Learn to change your own. It’s fairly simple (although proper cantilevered cutters are a must) and as long as you follow the gear set up instructions that’s easy too.

  • Pitbull69

    Member
    21 November 2009 at 12:37 am

    Im changing the bars too, (once I decide on weather to go for some Richey carbons or something similar) I would do it myself but I lack knowledge. if it wasnt a bike that was used daily it wouldnt be so bad.. Also I was planning on changing my crankset aswell, so it was going to go into the shop for a complete overhaul,

    Thanks for the pointers though, I have brought a Shimano DVD about tuning and looking after my bike.

    Maybe I will try it out on the wifes bike 1st lol

  • konastinky888

    Member
    3 December 2009 at 8:25 am

    im using goodridge brake cable outer for my gears. white, carbon or clear. its on crc.

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=23407

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