Question of the Week Today’s QoW comes from RBR reader “Frank.” (We encourage you to submit you own QoW ideas using the Question of the Week Ideas link.) How Long Do Your Shift and Brake Cables Typically Last?
Rear derailer 1-2 years, other cables much longer.
Don’t forget to change the housings at least every other cable change.
Kerry Irons says
This question should be how many miles, not how many years. Cable life for somebody who rides 1500 miles per year is not comparable to somebody who approaches 10,000 miles per year.
Mark Lassler says
I replace all cables and casings every two years, or sooner if there is an issue. Time, the elements and mileage all contribute to deterioration. It’s not expensive and I don’t want to ever experience a loss of brakes or shifting performance.
JOHN MARSH says
Kerry, you make a good point. I probably should have added a mileage element to the question.
[quote=Anonymous]Rear derailer 1-2 years…[/quote]
My RD uses a low voltage electric cable, should last more than 1-2 years?