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At the heart of the Gore RideOn Low Friction Cables is a super low friction coating on the cables themselves, which yields quicker and more precise shifts. If there is any good news from the importation hiatus it's that Gore made significant improvements to the cable coating. The new coating is both tougher and 10 times thinner than the old version, for reduced friction and increased durability. The folks at Gore recommend this Low Friction system for those of us that spend most of our time riding in fair conditions, negating the need for the continuous liner and grub seal found in the sealed version of the RideOn Cable systems.
The Gore RideOn Low Friction Cables are compatible with SRAM, Shimano, or Campagnolo shifting options for road bike applications. Though the Gore RideOn Low Friction Cables work wonders in all conditions -- they are recommended for dry weather. For those routinely seeking more robust adventure, or simply commuting in the rain, we'd recommend the Gore RideOn Sealed Cables. These cables work for a very, very long time -- we knew plenty of people who managed to use the old Ride-On systems for years and years. Spend more time riding and less time changing and lubricating your traditional cables. What a concept!
Available in Black or White housing options. The 'Black' image currently shows Gray housing, but do not be fooled. You will receive a Black kit if that is what you choose.
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Use these on your cyclocross bikes!
I've used gore systems on several bikes that have seen a lot of racing and I highly recommend them. You've got to follow the instructions and make sure you order the right set for your bike. Make sure you have bomber cable cutters - i like the ones from park tool. The most important aspect of the system is the ability to seal the cable system. This has allowed me to dial in four bikes at the beginning of the cross season and only do minimal maintenance throughout a season of weekly mud slinging.
Read jontu's review below - and note my reply.
You need good cutters, read the instructions (I'm sure jontu did) and I'd say that a dedicated road bike doesn't need them, and an internally routed cable system also doesn't need them.
Ride On (into a world where you are poor and shifting sucks)
These cables shift awesomely when new, but their trick is a slick plastic-y coating that lets them slide through the housing with minimal friction. Sounded great to me too, the catch is that the coating doesn't stay on the cables. The attached photo says it all, the cable on the left is off my bike, which uses a conventional external routing, the one on the right is off my buddy's BMC which routes internally. As you can see, the cable has gotten shredded at every contact point. Mine was pretty bad, especially at the BB cable guide, but on the BMC it was just awful. I had to fish bits of cable coating out of the shifters with tweezers. This is after about 1k miles on babied road bikes, mind you, not decades of cyclocross. And if you want to replace that inner cable? Too bad, Gore won't sell you one. Add to that a frustrating install because it is double-ended (SRAM users cut off the Campy end, and then curse and shout as the cable frays when they try to thread it through), and you have a pretty poor showing altogether.
I would not suggest this product to anyone paying for their own gear, and if you have a frame that routes cables internally, don't even think about it.