Jagwire Hyper Brake Cable Kit  £25.00

7/10

Cost effective upgrades for lower to mid range brakesets

Weight 226g   Contact  www.todayscyclist.co.uk

by Shaun Audane   December 8, 2011  

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Jagwire Hyper Brake Cables are a low compression design aimed at the entry level to mid range road and mountain bike rider that with a bit of careful prep also make sound choices for winter and cross duties too.

The 4mm thick plastic coated conical outers have Teflon linings and the stainless steel inners feature snip to suit pear/barrel heads to suit drop or flat levers. Detailing is generally very good right down to the anodised aluminium ferrules, crimps and those nifty silicone cuffs that prevent the outers gnawing through paintwork.

Playing devil's advocate I'd still be tempted to pay the extra and plump for their more refined racer siblings but nonetheless, ours have greatly improved modulation and feel from my Univega's otherwise dependable Tektro/Dia-Compe configuration these past nine months or so.

Let's tackle this compression issue. Low compression is good since it minimises friction and therefore mushiness when engaging the brake. However, zero (essential for crisp gear shifting) isn't since this counteracts braking efficiency (as a hapless housemate studying engineering discovered during our second year at Polytechnic! Happy days... well, not a particularly happy day for him). A choice of seven colours should be fine for most tastes with brand specific Kelly Green and Bianchi Celeste offering the last words in coordination.

Installation and set-up is pretty straightforward so long as you've half a hour's peace, decent cutters and work methodically. Being a daily driver, my Univega sees the elements in all their glory year round so I decided to keep maintenance to a minimum by carefully stripping the cables to their individual component parts and running the linings the complete length, thus protecting the otherwise exposed inners. This has worked wonders, although doesn't quite match the sealed type of cable when fed a diet of salty coastal roads in the middle of January but then run these and you'll have saved a bundle and a few grams to boot.

Achieving smooth, graceful lines where they exited the levers proved pretty simple too and it wasn't long before modulation and feel were spot-on. Cable stretch is a moot point so feel free to trim quite short-being over cautious and leaving the rear slightly longer saw ours brush against the mudguard, fraying annoying during our first outing. Thankfully there was sufficient to crop short before I went all belt 'n' braces, soldering the ends for good measure.

Verdict

Cost effective upgrades for lower to mid range brakesets.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Jagwire Hyper Brake Cable Kit

Size tested: Purple

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?

"Step up from generic factory housing to high performance braking with a Jagwire Hyper Cable Kit. Compatible with SRAM, Shimano and Campagnolo, these versetile L3-lined housings offer a universal solution for road, mountain and cross bikes". No argument here.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

CGX low compression outers with a teflon liner and stainless steel inner wires.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

While lacking the outright refinenent of the performance orientared racer siblings, with a bit of careful preparation, the hyper make excellent choices for winter, cross and mountain bikes thanks to simple, yet solid construction.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Good quality materials, moderate pricing and a choice of seven colours.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Stainless inners seemed prone to fraying unless promptly crimped/soldered.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes, makes a very good workshop staple.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 38  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,

 

1 user comments

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Here's a tip that works for me ... put a drop of superglue on the cable end after you cut it, or along the area of cable where you intend to cut it if doing this before cutting. This will stop the ends fraying, and no need for end caps. Cool

Nic

posted by nbrus [274 posts]
8th December 2011 - 20:05

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