Mechanical Parts & Concepts of Mountain Bikes : Replace a Mountain Bike Housing Cable

Mechanical Parts & Concepts of Mountain Bikes : Replace a Mountain Bike Housing Cable


Now I’m going to dial this barrel adjuster
in all the way because when you put on new housing your cables do stretch out and bed
in, so it’s good to be able to take up that slack. Feeding through, I’ve hit a little
bit of a snag right here, so, there we go. Through smooth, clean, and clear. Put that
farrell back on the end there. So, the first one is seated, now I need to find the second
piece of housing. This bike has three individual runs of housing. One from the handle bar to
right there, one from right here to right here to compensate for the movement of the
suspension, and then one piece down there. The downhill bike over there has a continuous
housing loop all the way from the derailer up to the handle bars. And that is because
of just the mucky conditions that you can be forced to ride in and stuff like that.
It makes you have to change cables due to contamination less frequently, which is a
mechanic’s dream. But you know housings a lot heavier than just a cable. So, on XC bikes
like this, we try to avoid doing that to save weight. Although some folks who ride in really
adverse conditions tend to run full cables of housing on everything just by zip tying
full pieces to the frame. So you can see there’s a little indentation on the derailer, that
means the shift cable is designed to go there. I’m gonna line it up, gonna take my five millimeter
Allen wrench and torque this up pretty good.