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    Cables - Teflon versus steel?

    Are teflon cables better and maintenance free compared to steel cables? Have heard that lubing steel cables over time leads to some build up and consequent stickiness, so better to use teflon cables that don't require any lubing. Any truth to this? Does it carry the same for brake cables too?

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    I've run slick stainless cables in my bikes for years and switched to Teflon in one of them because I was curious. Honestly, I can't say I notice a difference. They may or may not be better, but it doesn't appear to be a significant change. I will say I'm not a fan of lubing cables. Anything you put lube on inevitably attracts dirt, which turns to sludge in your housing. When it comes to lube on anything but a chain, I always recommend it as a method of extending the life of a component that is starting to rust, corrode or become sticky/tight due to corrosion. I don't recommend it as a general practice right from the start.
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    I've run XTR, Ripcords, Bonty, and just plain old, $2 cables. I don't see a reason to over pay for cables.

    If I could find the little ends, I would just make my own out of 2mm stainless aircraft wire: APS - Wire and Dyform

    Wouldnt have to worry about corrosion.
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    Can't say I have a lot of experience with steel because I've been running teflon for several years now. I haven't always taken the proper care of some of my components like the cables, and I've had no issues with them. They get dirty and they wash off. Still shiney.

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    I def do not want to have to lube thank you.
    Big fan of full length housing!

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