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    Shimano's special cantilever cable too

    Anyone remember when shimano sent out all those multi colored straddle cable holder tools? Better yet does anyone have a set? I'm looking to find out what colors were to what set? Maybe someone had the instructions they can scan for me?
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    I was working at a shop then and I'd guess 1990. Pretty sure it was when the low profile canti's arrived. Don't remember the colors 'cause we never used em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckevlar
    Anyone remember when shimano sent out all those multi colored straddle cable holder tools? Better yet does anyone have a set? I'm looking to find out what colors were to what set? Maybe someone had the instructions they can scan for me?
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    Blue and Purple


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    Quote Originally Posted by crconsulting
    Blue and Purple


    does it say on the back which length straddle cable it goes with?

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    yep

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    IIRC, there was probably 5-6 of these to a set... but it's a bit foggy now.

    I was already too set in my ways with canti set up to use those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    IIRC, there was probably 5-6 of these to a set....
    I vaguely remember a yellow one too,,,,

    don't remember any other colors doesn't mean they didn't exist.

    I think the blue an the purple one's were the most common though.
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    I remember yellow, green and maybe orange, too (for Altus and Exage?) I was thinking they came a bit earlier than '90, maybe '88 or '89? I resisted using them in the first couple of years after they came out, but started using them later and was impressed with the ease of use and speed in new bike setups.

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    Interesting...

    what does it do? That was before I got into bikes, and I have never seen one. Why the different colors, were they for different brakes?

    Anyone care to fill me in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 cog frog
    what does it do? That was before I got into bikes, and I have never seen one. Why the different colors, were they for different brakes?

    Anyone care to fill me in?

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    It was a setup tool for Shimano cantilever brakes.

    The round "button" on the Shimano straddle wire sits in the saddle at the top of the tool, and the straddle wire is threaded through one side of the tool, hooking the round end into the brake arm. The cable from the brake lever is then run through the "button", threaded through the other side of the tool, down to the opposite brake arm, and clamped with the clamp bolt while the brakes are pulled tightly against the plastic piece. Once cables are set, then the pads can be set up. It is supposed to set the brake at the optimum postition. Different colors were for different size straddle wires, coresponding to different brake models, or front / rear on the same model.

    Later Shimano began adding a decal or etching on the button, showing the correct angle for the brake cable to leave the button on its way to the brake arm. Following that, Shimano added a plastic sleeve to the button so that the correct angle and distance from button to brake arm would be maintained.
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    Cool. I remember those. Once your pad angles and depth were set up, it was like, click, zzzzip, twist, done. At least if you used the Park cable tensioner....
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    blue, purple, orange, yellow, white is what I remember. two were used 99% of the time...the other three were just taking up space in the drawer on the work bench.
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    You can buy a set brand new from here: http://www.biketoolsetc.com/index.cg..._id=SH-TL-CB10

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    IIRC, there was probably 5-6 of these to a set... but it's a bit foggy now.

    I was already too set in my ways with canti set up to use those.

    yeah, they seemed like a solution in search of a problem.....

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    This is perfect. I picked up a set for .25 for the hell of it and was wondering if it was a full set. It had been years since i saw a set. I was also in the mist of setting up some m732 cantilevers with Shims. special cable sets. and wanted to give them a try. Thanks for the info. If anyone comes across which set goes to what brakes please post it so we have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesMAmyke
    You can buy a set brand new from here ]
    Hey, there's the yellow one.....

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    One of the most exciting threads on here in a long time.............

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechagouki
    One of the most exciting threads on here in a long time.............
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    A few more. Terribly exciting is right!
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