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    BB7 cables, big difference?

    Hi I havea a question about cables for BB7 brakes. Is there a big difference between the Gore, Goodridges, Fibrax, XTR, SRAM, Jagwires and whatever?

    Which one gives the most solid and silky smooth hydro type feel?

    Are XT/XTR brake levers compatible with BB7s? Why should I get Avids instead of Shimanos or the other way around?
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    Can this be moved to the brake forum, I posted it in the wrong forum, sorry!
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    Quote Originally Posted by car bone
    Hi I havea a question about cables for BB7 brakes. Is there a big difference between the Gore, Goodridges, Fibrax, XTR, SRAM, Jagwires and whatever?

    Which one gives the most solid and silky smooth hydro type feel?

    Are XT/XTR brake levers compatible with BB7s? Why should I get Avids instead of Shimanos or the other way around?
    The cables and housings that are setup correctly--full length, smooth routing (no tight bends), clean square housing ends--work the best.

    Can not really feel like a hydro brake as it is not a hydro. My BB7s generally have a smooth operation and a lighter feel than hydros.

    The Shimano levers are fine.
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    Avid speed dial levers would give you better modulation. IMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by car bone
    Hi I havea a question about cables for BB7 brakes. Is there a big difference between the Gore, Goodridges, Fibrax, XTR, SRAM, Jagwires and whatever?

    Which one gives the most solid and silky smooth hydro type feel?

    Are XT/XTR brake levers compatible with BB7s? Why should I get Avids instead of Shimanos or the other way around?
    I have not used all of those, but I have always been very happy with Jagwire Ripcords. Resonably priced, too. Very solid feel.
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    I appreciate all your answers!! Just so you know.

    While I like hydros, the ones I have tested (hayes, shimano, avids and probably some more) are nice and such, they are a ***** to get working properly imo. So I figured mechs would be simpler or more consistent, or at least I wont stand there as a fool one day and its not working (which has happened) since its only a wire and nothing can go that wrong with a wire. I just want the most smooth and soft but solid feel of the brakes (like hydros).
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    None will feel like hydros. However, with SD levers and Jagwire ripcords, they do have a nice feel to them. Very little "cable stretch" feel.

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