OK bike gurus, maybe you can shed some light on this.
I noticed on the '06 EPIC Comp at my local bike shop, that it has cable housing on the entire length of the rear derailure shift cable. This is all the way from the shift lever to the rear derailure. I think this is the first bike I've ever seen that has this. It seems odd that Specialized would chose to do this, as I'm thinking that it would cause sloppier shifting at some point, when the cables start to wear. Also you'd need alot of housing when it is time to replace cables. Additionally, for weight freeks, it would be added weight for the additional housing.
Oddly, if you go to the Specialized web site and look at the blow-up pictures of this bike, it shows braze-ons (at least on the downtube anyway) such that it does NOT use cable housing for the entire length of the housing. So what they show on the website does not match what I'm seeing in the store.
The bikes in the shop have braze-ons, but they're different braze-ons, only for running tie-wraps to for holding the cable/housing to the frame.
Does anyone know the story here?
Would others agree that the long housing scheme is potentially inferior?
Do any owners have any real feedback on this?
Inquiring minds want to know...
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