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  1. #1
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    ebay stainless steal shifter cables shipped from china $1.29 each shipped.

    Anyone have an experience with these? Being as they ship from Hong Kong I expect it takes a good part of a month to get them. I'm guessing they are equivalent to what the bike shop sells for $4-$5 bucks, but I don't have any experience so can't say for sure. I figured for the money I would order a couple of pairs worst case scenario is I'm out $2.58.

    Shift Shifter Cable Stainless Inner Wire Mountain Bicycle Cycling Bike | eBay
    Last edited by texas; 07-29-2013 at 01:16 PM.

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    You get what you pay for. Expect these to last less than one season, of active riding. Towards the end of their life - you will get lots of cable stretch, poor shifting, hard shifting and just general dissatisfaction in the way they perform.

    Spend a bit more for COATED(Shimano/Jagwire/Torelli/Avid) cables instead, and see a few seasons of not worrying about this part.
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    I've found that a cable is a cable is a cable. Stainless is a plus. Spend your money on decent quality lined housing.

    I haven't had any luck with the coated cables at all, though. Not that they're bad, but the coating seems to have little to no effect and rubs off soon enough anyway, especially if you don't run full-length housing. I've had better effects spraying some Dupont Teflon into my housing before inserting the cable. It's one of the few lubricants that won't gum it up.
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