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.
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
A very comprehensive and reliable cableset for most road applications.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Definitely
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,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)