Reaction Complete Cable and Housing Kit $65.00
Item # YOK0002
We've spent the last year riding a SRAM Red-equipped bike. As lifelong Campy devotees it was a leap of faith. And a year later, it's a leap we're glad we made. In nearly every way it's lived up to the hype, and while it could stand some nip and tuck work (what gruppo can't?), there's little doubt that Red offers the best ROI of any PRO-level componentry out there. We have only one real beef with Red, in fact. It's the cables. They don't befit the group. Even when they're new they're sluggish & high-friction in comparison to the slick, point-and-click feel of Campy Record or Dura Ace cables. It's not a fatal flaw. But it's Red's most notable drawback, and we told a fellow SRAMophile this lately and he replied with a one word answer, "Yokozuna." It was a tip that'll change the way we think about cables forever.
Who is Yokozuna? It's a Japanese company who allegedly manufacturers Shimano's cables for them. We haven't substantiated the rumor, but given that Yokozuna puts a big Japanese flag on their packaging, and in their marketing materials they have the guts to say "Some say they can tell the difference between our cables and those coming out of Taiwan and China just by the touch," it leads us to believe there's likely some truth to it.
So we followed our pal's advice and bought the Yokozuna Reaction Cable Kit -- their top-of-the-line stuff. And our experience? We are periodically impressed by new bike stuff. But to be amazed, that's a rarity. And amazed is exactly what we are. No cable set we've ever tried -- not Campy, not Dura Ace, not Nokon, not Gore, nothing -- can match what we felt. What ceramic bearings are to your drivetrain, Yokozuna is to cables: An astounding reduction in drag, except unlike ceramics, the Yokozuna difference is one you can feel on a moment-to-moment basis. It's dragless. It turned our SRAM DoubleTap into HyperTap. We barely stroked the lever and the derailleur slammed the chain into gear. Amazing. SRAM could include this cable kit with Red and refer to it as "Red, Second Generation." The difference is that vast.
Yokozuna isn't just about shifting, either. This kit comes with a compressionless brake housing -- something no other company has ever successfully manufactured. Again, the cable response is instant and has zero friction, which is especially nice for subtle braking modulation.
This kit is a complete kit that includes 2 derailleur cables, 2 brake cables, and a full on set of "Jet-Lubed" derailleur housing and "Jet-Lubed" brake housing. And, no, it's not just for SRAM bikes. You can use it for any Shimano bike, and we also offer it in a Campagnolo version as well. Please note that the Campy version is for 10-speed only and is not compatible with 11-speed shifters!
White, Shimano/SRAM: 308g
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The shift cables are amazing, they really do make a difference in the lightness and crispness of the shift. The brake set is also VERY good, much lighter action at the brake lever, and much more power resulting.
The only downside that I've found is that the brake housing is VERY stiff, and also wider than normal housing. You're going to need to cut it with a dremel or something simmilar, as regular housing cutters will crimp the housing and cause it not to work well. Also, because of the stiffness, its vital that you get your housing lengths exactly right otherwise the stiff housing will push the brake caliper to one side, causing uneven braking.
Other than that, solid cable set that will really increase the performance of both shifting and braking.
Just fyi; I don't change my cables twice a season. In fact I put them on and leave them til there is a problem. I had the shop install these as they required some special cutting. I heard some people take a cable and put it into the house and use a dremmel tool so there is no "crimp" in the housing. Nevertheless, I like them but you need to put some helicopter clear tape on your bike to protect anywhere these rub. Its like a chainsaw to wood if you don't. They definitely last longer than other cables; much longer. They are not very flexible. I have had on for 2 seasons and its beginning to get some rust look under the clear coat of the housing. Probably just cosmetic. I'll probably go back to normal cables for awhile just to see the difference again. I will say these have the least give of any cable and they do improve your shifting/braking as there is no compression.
Happy..... Try these cables. I have the new Sram RED yaw 10 speed. The OEM cables just didn't do it OR it just didn't shift as smooth for a top O' the line grouppo. Try the new cables and made a huge difference. Huge. I did a lot of research and in all my findings the result was the same. These cables seem to be made for Sram. This is a awesome and cheap way to change the performance and feel of your bike.
Best cables there is. When installing the rear brake cable (that goes into the actual rear brake) try to pre bend this part, as these are pretty stiff and may grab a little. Once you have the cable length dialed in - you are good to go. They also last a long time :)
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The shifting was improved over the OEM, gore cables but the brakes were immediately transformed....HUGE improvement in brake level feel and modulation. I can one finger brake often now. I will soon be putting them on my cx bikes.
These are the cables I have been looking for my entire life. The brake cables transform your brakes into the most crisp, best modulating braking I have ever had on both my road bike and cyclocross bike. I have been running these all summer and I can't stress enough how much of a diference they make in my braking perfomance. The shifting is also flawless.
UpDate 10/6/13 Still loving these cable. 6000+ miles on the road bike and 2 race season on the 'cross bike and they are still flawless. One of the best bang for your buck upgrades i have ever done.
My cables and housings had gotten pretty sluggish after two-and-a-half years, so I decided to give these a try when I moved my SRAM Rival drivetrain from my road frame to a 'cross frame. The quality of this stuff is apparent. The cables are very slick, the housings are sturdier, and even the ferrules are better. My new bike with old parts is shifting and braking better than the old one ever did!