VeloNews tech editor Zack Vestal shows how to install Gore's Ride-On cable system on a road bike
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How to Install Gore Ride-on Cables
The latest offering from Gore Ride-on Cable systems is the professional system shifter cable kit for road bikes. It’s simpler and faster to install than previous systems.
A key to the performance of this system is an almost invisible super thin newly formulated cable coating. It’s super slick and matched with proprietary lubrication in the shifter housing. The installation instructions are limited to a diagram on the box. But the professional system kit is fantastically simple to install and results in amazingly friction- free shifting performance. The kit includes a length of pre-lubed four millimeter shifter housing, two ultra slick coated shifter cables with Shimano and Campy compatibility, two ultra-long nosed ferrules to seal the cables from housing exit to drill your entry, three standard ferrules, one short-nosed ferrule, two grub seals, and two cable crimps with Gore covers.
Start by measuring and cutting the upper length of shifter housing. If your housing is routed under the bar tape, you’ll of course have to unwrap the bar tape, then measure and cut housing accordingly. A standard ferrule fits on the housing at the shifter end. Then, use one of the ultra-long nosed ferrules on the end of the housing that meets the frame. The sheath that extends from this ferrule will run the length of the cable down to the next segment of housing. Measure and cut the rear loop of shifter housing. The short-nosed ferrule goes in the frame stop and a standard ferrule goes into the derailleur. Now cut the sheath from the ultra-long nosed ferrules so it fits near or against the short-nosed ferrule. Thread the shifter cable through the shifter and housing and into the sheath as if you were routing any normal shifter cable.
When the cable reaches the end of the sheath, don’t forget to put a rubber grub seal over the sheath. The grub seal covers the gab between the long sheath and the short-nosed ferrule. Then, continue threading the cable into the rear loop of housing and into the derailleur as normal. Tension and adjust the derailleur cable as normal. You may have to tug on the cable and retention it several times as the ferrules press fully onto the ends of the shifter housing. At this point, you should have a super slick shifting cable system, adjust the derailleur as needed for best shifting performance, then get out and enjoy the performance of your Gore Professional System Cables.