Internal cable routing — hot or not?
There’s no doubt that internal cable routing looks rather pretty, but when it comes to doing basic maintenance, or worse yet setting up a brand new bike, desperately fiddling those cables through your frame can quickly become a nightmare. How to thread internal brake and gear cables How to tidy up your cables I just don’t think that internal routing is the be all and end all of bike design. Look at the solution Canyon has come up with on its Spectral mountain bike , with a cover plate that provides the neatness of internal cabling, with the ease of use of external routing. Of course slapping a plastic plate on the bottom of a road bike would be totally unacceptable. There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that internal cables are an essential requirement on all high-end road bikes — or wait, was that just what the marketing machine ...
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