Installing cables on your bike can sometimes leave you feeling frustrated. When designing our Pole bikes we took into consideration this and made several options. Clean cable routing makes for an aesthetically pleasing look, but this is not the only reason why we use internal and external cables routing. When designing the routing on our frames, we concentrated on ease of installment and included lots of options for many different scenarios which are encountered when building up your bike or changing parts. With the Pole frame, you are not limited to just one option, with versatility in mind we like to think that our frames are a cut above the rest because we concentrate on the small details and think of you the rider and how we can make your life easier.
Internal cabling advantages
Running your cables inside the frame makes for a cleaner finish to your bike and causes less paint wear. Because your cables are protected by the frame they will last longer, gear cables are sealed away from the elements, and brake cables avoid damages caused by crashing or rock strikes. If you want to save tens of thousands of seconds on your next ride, the internal routing makes your bike slightly more aerodynamic.
Installing internal cabling is as comfortable as feeding the cable through an entry hole in the frame and pulling it out the exit hole and attaching it to your derailleur, rear brake or dropper post. All our frames come with rubber inserts to keep out the wet and rain. If you want to fold the EVOLINK frame, it’s recommended to run the cables internally at least after the bottom bracket towards the rear axle. If you decide to fold the frame with external cable routing, you need to detach the derailleur and the brake caliper so that there’s enough play on the cables for the swingarm to turn under the front triangle.
Internal cabling disadvantages
Internal cabling can sometimes be frustrating to install, trying to feed the cable from one end of the frame to the other can become a cumbersome and long drawn out experience.
Advantages of external cabling
External cabling runs on the outside of the frame, on our Pole frames we have given the option of using several alternative variations and routes.
The most significant advantage of external cabling is ease of installation when building your frame or replacing a worn cable. For example, on a race day or you are in a major hurry to change a cable or need to install a spare brake, this option is going to save you time and energy instead of bleeding the brake and changing the olive.
Disadvantages of external cabling
There’s not a clear advantage or a con on the different routings, but external cabling suffers slightly more from the elements of nature, rain and mud can sneak it’s way in, clogging things up and making the shifting not so smooth and crisp. Because the cables are exposed on the outside of the frame, they can become vulnerable to damage from crashes. Some people just like the cleaner looks internally routed cables.
Cable routing may sound like a small trivial thing when designing a bike, but to us at Pole, it was in fact, a big thing. We pride ourselves on our ability to problem solve, find solutions and make life easier when working on your bike. As riders and racers, we have been faced with poorly designed or not well-thought parts or bikes. That’s why when creating Pole bicycles we could rewrite the book and finally address these issues for once and for all. What once annoyed us no longer does as we just found a more straightforward way to do things. The cable routing can only be made better by experience, and we are continually working to make better routings on our bikes.