You asked: Are bike cables universal?

MTB/Road brake cables are interchangeable and used for bikes with cable-activated brakes (rim brakes and non-hydraulic disc brakes).

Are all bike cables the same?

Shifter cable ends are the same. Although nowadays many cables come with both ends, one on each end, and you can cut off the one you’re not using. There are two basic types of cables; brake and shifter. Brake cables are thicker, typically 1.5/1.6mm in diameter.

Can you reuse bike cables?

Yes, you can reuse bike cable housing. Cable housings (when damaged) always show signs of wear, rust, or fray, if it isn’t the case with yours, then reuse them. …

Can I use brake cables housing for shifter?

It’s really not recommended. Brake cable housings have a coiled metal spiral embedded in them, while compressionless shift cables have a series of tiny round wires running parallel along the length of housing. If you were to use brake cable housings on shift cables the result can be very poor shifting.

Should I replace my bike cables?

Cables should be replaced when they are worn causing the bike functionality to react to that wear and tear. This is every 2,000 to 3,000 miles. Specific damage to the cables or housing is also cause for replacement.

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Can I use Shimano cables with SRAM?

Yes, but make sure you get the Shimano 12 speed cable. SRAM inner cables are narrower (1.1mm vs 1.2mm), but I suspect that if you replace both inner and outer together, it’ll work just fine.

How long should a shifter cable last?

With that being said, your shift selector cable doesn’t have a specified lifespan. It lasts as long as it lasts. In most cases, you should get at least five to eight years out of it, but premature failure isn’t uncommon.

Can I reuse cable end caps?

Those end-caps are quite reusable. If you take a pair of pliers and squeeze it gently so that the flattened portion opens up you can then slide it back onto the cable. Using the pliers you can then re-crimp it on the cable.

When should I replace shifter cable housing?

Housing most commonly needs replacement when the lubrication in the liner has washed or otherwise worn away, or if contaminants have worked their way inside. Either of these is difficult to see, but will affect the movement of the cable within the housing.

Can you use mountain bike brake cable on road bike?

MTB/Road brake cables are interchangeable and used for bikes with cable-activated brakes (rim brakes and non-hydraulic disc brakes). These include: Caliper brakes: As used on the majority of road bikes.

Are SRAM and Shimano shifter cables the same?

the cable ends are the same, and they work. sram pitstop cables are 1.1mm and shimano cables are 1.2mm. i like the sram pitstop cables for all shimano/sram bikes a bit better and use the all the time. but, either will work.

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How do you check bike cables?

Pro tip

  1. Shift into the largest cog and largest chainring.
  2. Without turning the crank, take the tension off of the cables by shifting into the small ring and small cog.
  3. Remove the ends housing that are inserted into the housing stops of the frame. …
  4. Look for frayed cables, dirt buildup or corrosion.

How long do bicycle shifter cables last?

the front shift cable also lasts years. the rear, it depends on which bike, but generally lasts 1.5 to 2 years. after the initial cable stretch, there is nothing to be done for a long, long time.

How do you fix a rusted bike cable?

Try removing the rust with some 000 or 0000 steel wool and see how bad the rust really is. Experiment with dry steel wool/steel wool and a little WD-40 or other light lubricant and see what works best for you. Even cables can be cleaned and re-lubricated if they are not compromised.