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    Mechanical Discs: Full length housing?

    Just picked up a Vassago Jabberwocky and am going to install Avid BB7's on it. I either need to zip tie, use an adapter, or drill out the tabs to run full length housing for my rear. Is it worth it? Or should I just run it normal with two housings and bare cable in between? Thanks....

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    it's worth it.

    your mechs will feel much better with full housing. Besides staying cleaner w/ full length, each cut in the cable housing adds friction points.

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    Full length + zip ties = happiness
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    Another upgrade that made a marked improve in brake feel was Avid Ultimate brake levers.

    I'd been using SD-7's for quite a while, found a deal on the Ultimate's at Greenfish, and they make quite a big difference in braking perfomance and feel.
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    Full lenght housing is a lot better on hydros too........


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    Full length housing is the way to go... don't worry about the zip ties

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    It's most definitely worth it!

    Dremeling out cable guides isn't as painful as it sounds, but if you don't want to do that much modification to your bike, then there are lots of other options.

    Mucho discussion on various options on the boards here - search and ye shall find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S-Works
    Another upgrade that made a marked improve in brake feel was Avid Ultimate brake levers.

    I'd been using SD-7's for quite a while, found a deal on the Ultimate's at Greenfish, and they make quite a big difference in braking perfomance and feel.
    Less flex than the SD-7's?

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    going agianst the grain

    Although everyone seems to say go for the full length, I think I am going to run it with traditional cable stops. I had my V's run that way and seemed to have no problem as long as I kept things clean and changed out cables and housings once a year or so. If I have troubles then I'll do full length, but I think I'll opt for the cleaner look first and then change if I need to. Michigan cross country rarely even needs anything beyond v-brakes anyway....

    Thanks for all the advice... even though I didn't use it

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    You'll have to use full length on the front.

    I have a disc only custom bike and I had it buildt for Hydro only. When I ran mechanical discs I had to fix the housing to the cable stops with zap straps. I found I had to be very carefull not to make the strap too tight or it would bind the cable inside the housing. The return spring on the caliper is not very strong is if there's drag on the cable you won't like the feel of the brake.

    As long as you flare out where you cut the housing (I use an awl) before capping it there will be no extra drag at the cuts. There are still plastic clips floating around that fit in the cable stops and run the hose alongside in a secondary clip.

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    Housing.... what is the difference in Der housing and brake housing. The LBS has both, but the der housing is double the cost. They look the same, but what would be the drawback of using the brake housing for my ders and save the differnce?
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    In brake housing, the strands are wound in a spiral. In der housing they are more or less parallel. The idea is that der housing isn't compressible, so shifting remains accurate no matter what the tension on the cable, and also that the length of the cable doesn't change appreciably when the cable is bent.

    You'd have to experiment but the things to watch out for would be shifting inaccuracies either when the cable tension is high or when the flexion of the cable changed (eg when the handlbars are turned).
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    Thanks...that makes sense.
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