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Yeah, it should come out of the bottom of the top tube...it would be much smoother. The way it is doesn't make much sense.
 

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Hydraulic disc brakes would solve this (and all other) problem(s).
 

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Wrap it in camouflage tape
I'm more concerned with the sharper than normal bend, not the aesthetics.

On a new model frame it seems like a design flaw.
 

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If the seatstays intersected the seat tube where the top tube does, it wouldn't be an issue. They must have had different engineering teams for each triangle.
 

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But it saves on the plastic fiber budget.
 

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I'm more concerned with the sharper than normal bend, not the aesthetics.

On a new model frame it seems like a design flaw.

Are you concerned about functionality with that bend? I ask because I don't know details about mechanics, but LBS built a bike for me this winter that has exact same bend. Thought it might be a frame issues, but no...I can see pics of the bike on-line with no back bump.

If it's just aesthetics, it doesn't really bother me...actually never really pondered it until OP here focused on it. If it could create performance problems I'd be curious to know. Apparently I can have LBS correct my situation by doing cable shorten highlighted here.
 

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Are you concerned about functionality with that bend?
yes. more so on the rear with there being slightly more cable drag.

yours is likely a common rookie lbs mistake of cutting the outer housing too long .

the one pictured looks un-fixable and possibly made worse by the direct mount brakes.
 

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That doesn't look like it will solve the OP's problem. The housing already exits the top tube angled up.
It would reduce the bend, possibly enough to not even notice the cable from that angle.

But yeah, perhaps a different frame altogether if it's bothersome.
 

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yes. more so on the rear with there being slightly more cable drag.

yours is likely a common rookie lbs mistake of cutting the outer housing too long .

the one pictured looks un-fixable and possibly made worse by the direct mount brakes.

Thanks. I'm going to get mine adjusted. Did a little research to understand issue of "cable drag" as it relates to this issue. Found the following from Sheldon Brown:

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Thanks. I'm going to get mine adjusted. Did a little research to understand issue of "cable drag" as it relates to this issue. Found the following from Sheldon Brown:

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I'd say that SB's 'too long' photo is just about perfect and his 'correct' photo is a bit short. Those are single pivot brakes, but adding a cm or so to the length of the housing will absolutely NOT add any friction or slop. No chance. Every team mechanic I know uses what many consider to be much too long of a loop going into the rear derailleur. SRAM wants to see 60-70mm of straight housing doing into the rear derailleur so you end up w/ a loop longer than 40cm many times. Never ever had any problems at all w/ that. Sheldon was probably using unlined brake housing back then. It's more important to have a smooth curve than the shortest piece of housing to reduce 'friction'.
 

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fixed... you are welcome...
You may now return to doing whatever it was that turned you on...:blush2:
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