20 Jul SHIMANO & SHIFTING
How do you improve shifting performance? Sure you can upgrade your drivetrain to improve shifting performance, but with workshops booming all over the world, changing cables and outer casing is an effective way to affordably improve shifting. Why do Shimano offer so many variants of cables? Besides pricing here are the options on offer from Shimano to suit your customers’ needs;
Polymer vs. Optislick?Polymer vs. Optislick?
Polymer Coated Cables
Shimano delivers the fastest shifting possible with its premium Polymer Coated Cables. Paired with Shimano’s race-level XTR, DURA-ACE, and ULTEGRA component groups, these low friction cables deliver top of the line shifting performance.
The Polymer Coated Cables feature inner stainless steel wires that are wrapped with ultra-slick polymer tubes. This polymer coating creates a series of tiny ridges, which reduces the surface area that is in contact with the outer cable housing – resulting in the fastest, lowest-friction shifting possible.
The polymer strands on these cables wear out slightly faster than the cables themselves and can increase friction as they age. That’s why Shimano includes the premium Polymer Coated Cables with its race-oriented groups, where riders typically replace their cables more frequently.
Shimano OPTISLICK shift cables offer outstanding shift performance and impressive cable longevity for a wide range of components. From Shimano 105 groups down to entry-level ALTUS and CLARIS components, OPTISLICK technology provides smooth and reliable shifting for riders of all levels. While low-end cables are made of steel, Shimano’s OPTISLICK cables are produced from corrosion-resistant stainless steel. Then, the cables are electrically coated to reduce friction and extend the lifespan considerably. OPTISLICK cables are Shimano’s longest-lasting option, designed to ensure the best possible value and user experience