The Jagwire compressionless housing is extremely stiff - I don't think I'd
use it for anything other than cable disc brakes, which have fallen out of
favor with me anyway.
For spiral brake housing, a Dremel cut-off wheel is the final solution. I
use the fiber-reinforced one in an overkill Makita rotory tool. Regular
cable cutters always mangle spiral housing, even the Felco's. Back in my
shop wrenching days, I'd use diagonal cutters and then square off the end
with a file or bench grinder. Using the cut-off tool eliminates that step.
For derailleur housing and all cables, I have a first-gen Shimano one that
I love (the one with the blue and grey grips). I'm a tool freak, so I
thought I'd try the Felco's for that last nth of perfection. They couldn't
cut derailleur housing as neatly squared-off as the Shimano cutters, so I
sold the Felco's.
I tried the first-gen Park cutters and they were garbage. I imagine
they've since improved, but Park stuff in general is pretty hit-or-miss in
On Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 3:10:01 PM UTC-7, Tim O. (Portland, OR) wrote:
> I've been using a cheapo tool to cut cables and housing forever, but it's
> always a clunky process that results in frayed cables and/or frustration. I
> hate cutting housing so much that I just left my housing way too long when
> I recently changed my shifters.
> Just did a quick search to see what's out there and it looks like $20-40
> bucks for something specific to bikes for cutting cable/housing. Does
> anyone have experiences they'd like to share? Do I want a bike specific
> cable cutter or can I get a generic hardware store version? Is it worth it
> to spend the extra few $$ on this tool or do they all work the same?
> If Riv sold one, I'd just buy that version.
> Portland, OR
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