Jagwire Racer Kit Cables

4.5/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $50.00

Product Description

Specifically developed for high-performance road bikes. Compatible with all leading brands. Includes Kevlar-reinforced housing for superb braking and shifting performance. Slick stainless cables are low-friction and corrosion-resistant for long-lasting all-weather performance. Super lightweight. Compatible with Shimano and SRAM systems NOT Campagnolo compatible. Also includes Tube Tops scratch protector. Black Gray or White housing.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TheMightySkunk a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2009

Strengths:    Great installation kit. Excellent attention to detail (superior ferrules, for example). Terrific fit. Relatively inexpensive compared to other custom cable systems. Good selection of colors.

Weaknesses:    Don't look as sexy or as exotic as the Nokons or the Aztec Powerlines.

Bottom Line:   
Good product with a GREAT installation kit. As noted by another reviewer, included the package is every crimp end, rubber anti-noise doughnut, and doo-dad you need to do a full installation.

I have three road bikes, all Dura-Ace. As an experiment I outfitted one with Nokon, one with Aztec Powerlines, and recently, one with Jagwires due to my disappointment with the first two. All 3 shifted much better than standard Shimano cables when new. The problem with Nokons and Powerlines is the liners chafe at all the contact points (such as under the BB). When the liners chafe through, the cables are shot. Takes about 8-12 months if you ride every day. The Jagwires don't look as sexy, they are more conventional but with nice improvements over stock. The ferrules, for example, have low-friction, lined, tapered ends. I don't know whether they will last any longer than the Nokons or Powerlines, but they feel just as good, are way less expensive, and way easier to install.

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Favorite Ride:   Kula to Kahikinui

Price Paid:    $33.00

Purchased At:   BikeTiresDirect.com

Similar Products Used:   Nokon, Aztec Powerlines

Bike Setup:   Serotta Legend Ti, Dura-Ace, Topolino AX 3.0 wheels, Thomson seatpost, Thomson stem

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Synchronicity a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2009

Strengths:    They are relatively cheap.

Weaknesses:    It's not true compressionless housing like nokon or vertebrae, so the reputed performance just isn't there. It doesn't last more than 1 or at most 2 years, so it ain't as cheap as you think.

Bottom Line:   
For the money these are okay. Not great. Just ok.

Why? Well I found that they're not significantly different to any other standard bowden housing (even despite a bit of kevlar). They still have the steel cables and nylon liner. Sure, it works better than standard shimano housing which I find is very mushy (at least with the brakes).

Campagnolo housing works better, but for me the best is by far vertebrae.

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Price Paid:    $35.00

Similar Products Used:   campagnolo, jagwire, shimano generic housing, flying snake housing, nokon, vertebrae ceramic housing.

Bike Setup:   Pinarello F4:13. Mostly FSA parts. Rolf wheels. Tiso rear derailleur. Last but not least, I finally equipped it with that new vertebrae ceramic housing.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fblum a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2007

Strengths:    Complete and very high quality housing.

Weaknesses:    Not real weaknesses but realize that 1. you need a very good cable cutter to do a good job and 2. the little protectors they give you to keep the shifter cables from rubbing on your head tube are red (unlike all the other black doodads) and no way they were going on my orange bike.

Bottom Line:   
I just built up my new Gunnar road bike with the Jagwire derailleur and brake cables. They provide a very complete kit-obviously high quality, good instructions, and all the little doodads you need for seating cables. The cables are all double ended - one side marked "C" for Campy and the other "S" for Shimano. I would highly recommend this over buying separate cables, housing, and doodads - here you know you have everything you need and it all matches beautifully.

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Bike Setup:   Gunnar steel frame, Mavic Open Pro on Ultegra hubs. Uletgra shifters,front derailleur and triple cranks and an XT rear derailleur (for long rides/touring)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pooh bear a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2006

Strengths:    Works better than manufacturer's housings. Makes other components work and feel better.

Weaknesses:    No weaknesses - the best cable sets I've ever used.

Bottom Line:   
I swapped all my Ultegra cables over to Jagwire and noticed immediate improvements: brakes feel smoother and stiffer, and shifts are more crisp. I got the in-line cable adjusters and put those in near the hoods and dialing in the shifting was a breeze. The brake cable housings have an extra flexible, thin section that fits under the brake hood and into the handlebar grooves better than regular housings - a nice touch. Great upgrade - I'd do it agian.

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Favorite Ride:   Anywhere with sane motorists

Price Paid:    $42.00

Purchased At:   Gallatin Alpine Spor

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, Dia-compe, no-names.

Bike Setup:   Kestrel Talon, Ultegra

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