View Full Version : down tube derailleur cable routing

11-26-2007, 11:19 AM
So whats the better option: braze on cable stops or old school removable stops? And please show your work!

11-26-2007, 11:26 AM
never mind- I was thinking DT shifters not cable stops


11-26-2007, 11:28 AM
I too am having problems here.

Both function fine. I suppose the braze-on are more minimal appearing, though it depends where they are secured. Headtube seems to be preferred location, but I like them set back some rather than set out front of the tube.

Too Tall
11-26-2007, 11:43 AM
Love has everything to do with it.

11-26-2007, 01:22 PM
Do you mean the down-tube stops that mount on braze-on down-tube shifter bosses? If so, the head-tube fittings tend to be better for a couple reasons:

1. The down-tube bosses can collect perspiration and rust more easily.
2. The head-tube stops don't allow the cable housings to hit the top tube and wear your finish there.

The slight downside of the head-tube bosses is that your cable housings have to make a tighter curve to fit, especially with a short stem and short head tube. Not as much of an issue with Shimano STI, but more with Campy.