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Verdict: 
A simple and cheap way to reduce frame rub from cables and hoses
Weight: 
15g
Contact: 
www.fibrax.com/Spiral-Frame-Protector-White

These Fibrax Spiral Frame Protectors – you get six in a packet, not one – fit around cable outers or hydraulic hoses to stop them rubbing away paint... or metal... or carbon. For the money, they do a decent job.

The don't completely eliminate rubbing. Your bike's cables or hoses still connect, but encased in these soft silicone spirals they don't saw back and forth in the same way. I fitted a couple to the gear cable outers of one of my road bikes, just where they pass the head tube. They're much neater than the short foam tubes that were fitted to these cable outers before, and there's been no visible paintwork damage since.

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The front of the bike is where these protectors will probably find most use, because turning the handlebar moves cables/hoses back and forth and there has to be a fair amount of slack here, but the spirals will fit anywhere there's a couple of inches of cable outer. They go on really easily: you just wrap them around from the side, bit by bit, with no need to disconnect the cable/hose.

The alternative to covering the cables like this is to protect the frame from them with helicopter tape. I prefer Fibrax's solution because it deals with the problem at source. You don't have to work out where the cables could connect the frame and then cut out and fit a sticky see-through polygon to match that; you just need to cover the cable wherever it might connect.

Before investing in these, it's worth checking if you can route your bike's cables/hoses in such a way that they can't rub; cable-ties might help. If that's not feasible, these little protectors are a good answer. They can also be used to reduce the noise of a cable outer knocking against a frame or other cable outer.

They're available in black, white, or red. I reckon black spirals on black outers looks best, but barber's pole contrasts are an option if that's your thing.

Verdict

A simple and cheap way to reduce frame rub from cables and hoses

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road.cc test report

Make and model: FIBRAX Spiral Frame Protector

Size tested: White, 6 pack

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?

Fibrax says:

Our spiral frame protectors have been developed for use on any cable – Gear, Brake & Hose.

Simply wrap around the casing where it touches the frame and the job is done.

(Will also dampen vibrational noise)

6 Pack

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

They're made of silicone. They come in black, red or white.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
6/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
5/10

The silicone isn't particularly tough, but that's sort of the point.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
9/10

They weigh basically nothing.

Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

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

It does what Fibrax claims.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Easy to fit. Noise reduction.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your score

Simple, light, cheap, and they do a good job.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 46  Height: 1.78m  Weight: 65kg

I usually ride: Ridgeback Solo World fixed wheel  My best bike is: Planet X Pro Carbon Track.

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking

 

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huntswheelers [177 posts] 3 years ago
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Btwin have fitted these to ther bikes for years, albeit a solid design rather than spiral.....plus you can buy them in Decathlon stores or online at £2.79 for 4

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JonoB [54 posts] 3 years ago
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huntswheelers wrote:

Btwin have fitted these to ther bikes for years, albeit a solid design rather than spiral.....plus you can buy them in Decathlon stores or online at £2.79 for 4

This is true but to fit them you have to dismantle your gears/brakes or you could slice them with a sharp knife which means they then fall off unless you tape them which takes you back to square one.
I think the Fibrax ones can be fitted with the cable in place.......the link provided takes you to UKBike Store where they are on offer for £4.79 for pack of 6. Postage is extra though unless you buy a bucket load. Don't be fooled by Ebay. They are not cheaper....

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oceandweller [94 posts] 3 years ago
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Yes, these are fitted with the cables/hoses in place - simply wind around & the natural helical ([pedant alert!] not spiral, I'm sure wikipedia will clarify the distinction) shape holds them in place. I bought a couple of sets from the Fibrax stand @ the Outdoors Show last winter & they've worked a treat, on gear cable outers as well as both mechanical & hydraulic brake cable/hose outers. Look smart too.

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Spangly Shiny [262 posts] 3 years ago
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A helix maintains a tubular shape along its length whereas a spiral increases in diameter along its length.
Or to put it another way you can draw a helix on a tube but you need a cone to draw a (3D) spiral.

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mylesrants [478 posts] 3 years ago
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Who knew

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lolol [232 posts] 3 years ago
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I bought something like this off amazon, thought they weren't that much more forgiving than the the bare cable, so I'm now using Sugru, works so well

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Redvee [451 posts] 3 years ago
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JonoB wrote:

Don't be fooled by Ebay. They are not cheaper....

Four for £4 off Ebay of £7 for 6 from UK Bike Store including postage.

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OhYesWell [50 posts] 3 years ago
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one of the ebayers gives you a discount on the £3.95 for 4 price if you order more than one batch of 4. £6.71 for 8 post free. Don't know about any higher amounts though.

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kettrinboy [7 posts] 3 years ago
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I just slit a small cable grommet then glue it on the cable where it touches the frame ,you can also use o rings as well job done.

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huntswheelers [177 posts] 3 years ago
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Agreed the B'twin Decathlon ones are fitted on installation of Cables and outers.... I was not being critical of Fibrax as I stock their products in my workshop ...with their workshop packs of cables, outers etc....
What I was saying was B'Twin bikes have these on their bikes from the factory... and how much they cost.. one wonders why, when B'twin can fit these to protect the frames other manufacturers short cut and many now are short cutting on cables too...not naming names...
All in all Frame protectors (which ever you prefer) save your paintwork on the frame and make the Bike more saleable when you sell on...

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Gasman Jim [222 posts] 3 years ago
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As a member of Fibrax Wrexham Road Club (yes they sponsor us) I've had some fluoro-yellow prototypes of these on my bikes since November last year. They work perfectly. There's no need to dismantle anything to fit them, just wind them round the cable. I've previously used those rubber tubes with a longitudinal slit which can also be fitted without dismantling your cables, but they tend to rotate with use so the slit inevitably ends up against your paintwork! Obviously the Fibrax spiral design doesn't have this problem.

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ellisblackman [7 posts] 3 years ago
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huntswheelers wrote:

Btwin have fitted these to ther bikes for years, albeit a solid design rather than spiral.....plus you can buy them in Decathlon stores or online at £2.79 for 4

They've sold them for years too... http://www.fibrax.com/fibrax-frame-protectors-for-4mm-gear-outer-casing-x-4

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fukawitribe [2829 posts] 3 years ago
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ellisblackman wrote:
huntswheelers wrote:

Btwin have fitted these to ther bikes for years, albeit a solid design rather than spiral.....plus you can buy them in Decathlon stores or online at £2.79 for 4

They've sold them for years too... http://www.fibrax.com/fibrax-frame-protectors-for-4mm-gear-outer-casing-x-4

Very tempted by the spirals - but half as much again for postage for the lil'fellas (sad face and all that). Any chance of a road.cc promo bit of free postage for them ?  4

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Simon E [3752 posts] 3 years ago
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4 for £3.95 inc postage from Fibrax on ebay:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251844026438
Have bought stuff from them this way before.

Helicopter tape is a fair bit cheaper e.g. www.ebay.co.uk/usr/paragontapes

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fukawitribe [2829 posts] 3 years ago
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Simon E wrote:

4 for £3.95 inc postage from Fibrax on ebay:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251844026438
Have bought stuff from them this way before.

Cheers Simon.

Simon E wrote:

Helicopter tape is a fair bit cheaper e.g. www.ebay.co.uk/usr/paragontapes

True, but thought i'd give this a whirl - seems like it might be neater and easier, something about it appeals to me. One way to find out..

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ellisblackman [7 posts] 3 years ago
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Maybe Road.CC wants to put 'em in their shop.  1

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bendip [49 posts] 3 years ago
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4 for £2.98 delivered..and multiples of 4..ie..8 for £4.97 and so on..only in black it would appear..

http://goo.gl/jFS431