In the past, I've used a couple of the XTR kits to replace my shift cables. While this was all good, it seems expensive for what you get, and the housing runs on my bikes are actually longer than the stupid pre-cut cables, so I have to use 1/2 plain housing.
What housing/cables should I buy in bulk and just use across all my bikes?
1) Are all the housings the same? Alligator vs SRAM vs Jagwire, any different?
2) 4mm vs 5mm. Wha? Isn't all shifter cable the same, why two different dimensions?
3) Coated vs stainless cables. Any difference here?
4) Sealed vs open end caps. Should I bother with the alloy sealed end caps vs the nylon open ones that come with the housing?
These are leading the charge right now, any reason why I should buy something else?
Housing - Jagwire L3 housing - $22 for 25ft - http://www.treefortbikes.com/product/33 ... lleur.html
Cable - Jagwire Slick Stainless - $5 a cable - http://www.treefortbikes.com/product/33 ... 8238___735
Alloy Sealed End Caps - $27 for 50 - http://www.treefortbikes.com/product/33 ... Alloy.html