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    Rocky mountain cable quality

    Need to replace my shifter cables. How is the quality of the RM outer cables that came with my element 950.

    Will getting SRAM cables make a big difference.

    The inner cable for shifters is 4 mm, correct?

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    Shifter inner cables are typically 1.2mm diameter. The cable casing is 4mm diameter.

    The only cables that you'd feel a huge difference with would be the fully sealed Gore Ride-On cables, but they've dropped them from their line. SRAM sells a version of them now. It might be difficult to get them to work with the interior frame routing. Those definitely make a huge difference in lever effort at the shifters.
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    I see what you are saying, that will be impossible to get through the frame without drilling.

    Anyone has tried that. Intrigued by a closed system.

    If you cut the cables, you think I will still feel the difference?

    Edit: few more questions.

    You think there will be a difference between.

    Jagwire 4mm LEX Bicycle Shift Cable Housing

    Amazon.com: Jagwire 4mm Derailleur Housing w/ L3 Liner, Roll/25 Black: Sports & Outdoors

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    SRAM 4mm Slickwire Road and Mountain Bike Shift Cable Kit

    Amazon.com: SRAM 4mm Slickwire Road and Mountain Bike Shift Cable Kit (Black): Sports & Outdoors

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    ... " I see what you are saying, that will be impossible to get through the frame without drilling... "

    Drilling ??
    What are you talking about :-0 ??

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    You only need to get the Teflon liner through the frame, but those liners are still 2mm O.D. so they would be a snug fit on the cable guides. You wouldn't need to drill them out much compared to the 1.5-1.8mm diameter hole in the cable stop at the head tube and the bottom bracket insert.
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    That would be more then a snug fit. 2 versus 4 mm is quite the difference.

    Anyone successful running 4mm through an element frame?

    edit: spelling

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    I didn't have any troubles fitting the Gore cables to my 970. I installed them a year ago and they are still going strong without any maintenance. I'd say they are well worth the money. I wouldn't recommend going full length cable housing as that will require drilling the cable stops and would most probably void your warranty.

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    You don't run the outer housing through the frame, just the 2mm Teflon inner liner, that gives you continuous cable housing from a water/dirt infiltration point of view. The Teflon inner liner slides freely through the cable casing, so you cut the cable housing sizing first and then run the inner liner through the housing and frame and then insert the inner wire.

    When I ran the Gore cables through the external guides and stops on my Element 70 MSL the inner liner was a snug fit the cable guides and stops, I needed to run a small round file through to clean the paint off of many of them. It's good to hear that they have a bigger opening in the internal routing stops.

    Gore cables can last for years. The set I installed on my hardtail have been going service free since 2009.

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    That would be more then a snug fit. 2 versus 4 mm is quite the difference.

    Anyone successful running 4mm through an element frame?

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    Thanks for explaining that. I did not know there was a separate cable.

    That looks like what I want.

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    Personally I've had better luck with the SRAM stuff versus Jagwire lately. Used to love their stuff, but lately has given me a lot of headaches with some of the complete kits not being long enough for my Slayer.
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