- What are the pros and cons of regular and slick gear/shifter cables? I just want easy gear changing. I have shimano gears if that helps. I know the difference between them, but I want to know some pros and cons.
- What are the pros and cons the stainless steel or galvanised metal cables? I leave it in the shed at night, and when I am not using so it doesn't really get wet all the time. When I ride it often gets wet or muddy. I rarely clean the bike, so it often stays muddy.
- easy to find
- generally lower quality than slick ones
- much of the time they are not pre-stretched, so they have to wear in.
- initially slightly faster shifting
- generally come pre-stretched
- (a big one) once the coating wears off, the shifting becomes A LOT worse, and the cables need to be changed. This is fairly common if the housing isn't cut right or there is bend when entering/exiting a housing stop.
- very expensive
- installation is harder as the cables are more fragile
- adjustment is more finicky
Stainless Steel Cables:
- don't rust
- slightly slicker
- more bendy