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I discovered this tip a few weeks ago and can attest to it working brilliantly!! 

My new bike arrived partially built and I could never dial in the rear shifting.  After replacing the cable (due to possible kinks) and much cursing in the man cave I found a SRAM tech tip saying the cable housing from the rear cable stop to the derailleur needs to be 36cm in length for optimal shifting.  I checked my cable length and low and behold - 29cm.  After replacing the housing and cable (a longer one was needed) my shifting is now spot on and the man cave is once again a sanctuary.


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Excellent.  As a mechanic I was unaware of this little rule of thumb. We're so inclined to shorten them because we think it looks better, but it can definitely affect performance.


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