Decided that my cheapo cable for the Alfine was not as fine running as it could be so I (throwing caution to the wind price wise) tempted myself into one of those more exotic Teflon coated gizmos cable sets - BBS Speedline Series - and... WOW.. The outer cable was considerable thicker (which means more inner cable space).. it followed the curves on the cable run I put it through better and the inner cable now moves much, much better.. I had not realised just how much I had compromised before (not that I knew any different) but I am very pleased with the results.