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Giant TCR gets new shift cable and housing

posted Jun 29, 2015, 12:32 PM by PJ Im   [ updated Jun 29, 2015, 1:19 PM ]
On most recent road bike ride, the dried out front derailleur cable on my Giant TCR ripped open. So, decided to put extra pressure on the rear shifter. The rear cable ripped open as well. Seeing that these are original derailleur cables from 2005, replacing derailleur cables was long over due. 

I already had Jagwire shifter cable housing, cable end-caps, and cable ferrule, so I only had to get shift cables. Decided to "splurge" and got Novara's teflon coated cable. Tools I used were cable cutter, hex wrench, plier (not pictured), and sharped Phillips screwdriver. I also used Park Tool's PolyLube 1000.

If you have never replaced a shift cable before, here's the link to the tutorial.

After the installation, I did front and rear derailleur adjustment to make sure that the bike was shifting properly. Shifting is better than new. Jagwire shifter cable is an upgrade from OEM shift cable that came with Giant TCR in 2005. Its lining is already lubed with teflon. I also greased the teflon coated cable. Greasing was bit of an overkill, but it's just part of my wrenching habit. Besides, it can't hurt.

Here are links to adjusting rear derailleur (video) and front derailleur.