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    What's the best cable housing for mechanical disc brakes ?

    I'm not really concerned about weight. I am wondering if there are significant differences between Jaguar compressionless housing,
    Nokon, and Avid Full Metal Jacket housing.

    I am running 1 set of bb7's and a number of rim brakes with the compressionless housing from Jaguar and it does seem to make a
    difference in braking power over standard housing.

    Are the other options any better ? Do the Avid Full Metal Jackets increase power at all ? For those who've tried both Nokon and Jaguar,
    which do you like more ?

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    I had great success with full metal jacket cables from Avid back in the day.

    But, any low friction setup with low compression will do well.
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    jagwire here.

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    I've really liked the Shimano XTR mechanical housing. Super stiff, night and day difference compared to generic Jagwire housing.

    Never used Nokon though.

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    What's the best cable housing for mechanical disc brakes ?

    Back in the day I used metal tubing for straight runs - if I remember this was available from Avid or Jagwire. Low friction is also critical - maybe some of the smoother Jagwire cables would be worth a try. Or even Kevlar brake cable?

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    Late to this thread, but I have SRAM/Pitstop Full Metal Jackets on my old SC Superlight with Avid BB7's. Really nice feel, fairly easy to install.

    I bought a second set for my wife's Titus Racer X but haven't installed them yet. Found a deal at about $20 (tubing, housing, cables, etc.) through Pricepoint or Bikewagon.

    FWIW, I have Nokon cables on my rigid SS and they are also great.


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    I found the housing on the jagwires wore pretty fast at contact/friction points, will try something else next time.

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    My last mechanical brake system utilized Jagwire FlakJacket cables. They are now named the Mountain Bike Pro Brake kit. Excellent cable kit and runs about $40.

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    If you square up both ends of the housing with a file or dremmel after you cut, it will seat squarely in the caliper/lever and produce a HUGE difference over leaving the burr from the cutters. If you do not do this, the burr will just roll and compress in the caliper/lever, giving you a squishy/flexy feel. Doing this makes all the difference between a dialed brake system and a waste of $. This is essential for mech brakes of all kinds and will improve even the cheapest of housings.

    With that said....
    Jagwire ripcord housing with the Teflon coated cable, set up as above with BB7, is a monster brake system. IMO of course.
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    Yokozuna Reaction - if you want the most compression-free housing available. It's available as a brake-only set or full brake/shifter set.

    Yokozuna Reaction cable and housing set review - BikeRadar USA

    Looking for an Easy Upgrade? Try Compressionless Brake Housing: Mechanical Monday - Cyclocross Magazine - Cyclocross News, Races, Bikes, Photos, Videos

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    A cheap option is to use motorbike clutch cable inner and outer as it is a good deal thicker!
    "you must do what you feel is right of course"

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