Jagwire Racer Brake and Gear Cable Kit  £24.99

8/10

Very reliable, affordable and durable cableset for road bikes that work a treat

Weight 255g   Contact www.todayscyclist.co.uk

by Shaun Audane   January 4, 2011  

Jagwire Racer road cable kit

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Supplied as a complete brake and gear system and weighing a claimed thirty per cent less than your regular models, the Jagwire Racer road cable kit is not only the perfect complement to road, cross, tourer or indeed winter hack but designed with nominal maintenance in mind, under normal conditions should only require annual, as opposed to seasonal replacement. Gentler to paintwork than the builder’s hose sealed types, the Kevlar outers can still chomp through frame lacquer so the rubberised cable protectors are an absolute must-especially for older thin walled steel frames.

Bendy-straw concertina ends, flexible Kevlar outers coupled with Teflon inserts make for ultra smooth, friction-free braking and shifting, compensating greatly for torturous/unusual cable runs. Generous though the standard measures are there might not be enough cable in the pack for tandems, recumbents and other specialist builds. Double ended inner wires are what you’d expect but seem intolerant of anything less than razor sharp cutters. That aside, clever design means they’re a delight to install and dial in.

I've already got a set paired to my Holdsworth’s reverse action TT levers and pursuit bars – they’ve been silky smooth and required zero attention. With this in mind, our latest set were fitted to the Univega coinciding with a change of handlebar wrap. Much loved and well-cared for, said beast lives a four-season’s lifestyle and on the strength of the recent bad weather, with a periodic squirt of Teflon lube the Racer cables seem every bit as reliable as the fit and forgets cables they replaced while gear shifts seem just that fraction friskier.

Along with a pad upgrade they’ve transformed brake modulation and feel of the Univega's budget but beautiful Dia Compe cantilevers no end. Compression less gear cables have done much the same for what is usually a generally harmonious, if occasionally tetchy eight-speed drivetrain.

Verdict

Very reliable, affordable and durable cableset for road bikes that work a treat - will fit most road bikes with the probable exception of tandems and recumbents

road.cc test report

Make and model: Jagwire Racer Brake and Gear Cable Kit

Size tested: Blue

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

"RACER CABLE KITS

COMPRESSIONLESS, KEVLAR-REINFORCED HOUSING WITH L3 LINER.

UPGRADED, HIGH QUALITY DERAILLEUR HOUSING WITH L3 LINER.

KIT INCLUDES: 2 EZ-BEND HOUSING SEGMENTS, 6 SEALED FERRULES,

4 OPEN ALLOY FERRULES, 9 CABLE DONUTS,

3 TUBE TOPS & 4 CABLE TIPS.

COMPATIBLE WITH SHIMANO, SRAM AND CAMPAGNOLO - ROAD

GOLD MEDAL"

A very comprehensive and reliable cableset for most road applications.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Definitely

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

 

2 user comments

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Nice and better still it says £24.99 RRP on todayscyclist's website

posted by Old Cranky [262 posts]
4th January 2011 - 21:23

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on my set the brake cables weren't double ended meaning I had to go out and buy a new pair of inners to work with my tt brake levers. grrrr.

Really, though?

posted by workhard [231 posts]
26th February 2011 - 11:11

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