I read this forum post after converting to a single chainring up-front on my Cannondale Trail SL4 and came up against the same problem of the cable-guide snapping off because it is pressed in with a weak plastic nub, rather than being tapped in:
When Cannondale's Bottom Bracket Cable Guide Sucks... MAKE YOUR OWN!
The issue that I have is that to follow what this guy has done (ideal), I can't purchase the required thread insert from McMaster-Carr because they won't ship to the UK because of US export regulations.
I have been in contact with UK businesses who supply brass inserts and they don't supply the kind of above insert which is a critical dimension to the 1/4" hole on the BB of the bike. They say it's an extremely low performance design of insert and not something the industry uses. To manufacture an insert to the specifications required, I would need to order a minimum volume of 10,000 units... (no thanks).
I have tried to contact the guy who created the DIY tutorial a couple months back, but his account appears to be dormant.
It's a longer shot, but I'm wondering how possible it would be if anyone from the US could take an order of these brass inserts from McMaster-Carr and send them to me here in the UK at my expense? I was hoping the guy who did the DIY thread could have made me one.If only he knew I was trying to contact him!
This has been really frustrating, as it's such a simple and ingenious idea of making a solid cable guide that doesn't snap on the SLs. Unless anybody else has any other ideas?
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