Edit:  Title updated- hat tip to Topmounter!

Edit:  Please don’t e-mail Jagwire directly- they’re already being buried.  Just post below and they’ll have a sense for demand.

Found on Focus’ Raven 29r, this has to be the coolest cable housing at Interbike.  Even though the housing looks like plain aluminum, it’s flexy like standard shift housing.  Here’s what manufacturer Jagwire has to say:

there are currently no plans to bring this to the market.  I have seen this color in the past and in our stock room, so it does exist.  It was essentially normal housing with a chrome like finish and it was awesome.  Maybe if we can prove there is enough demand, they will bring the color back or make it available to the public…

So what do you say?  Should they make it available aftermarket?



  1. I agree. That bling looks sweet! I can’t believe that Jagwire doesn’t want to do a production run of these when there are some truly hideous colors out there that they are already doing.

  2. I’d really like some, especially for Campy equipped stuff. I think it would compliment the high polish finish of alloy on lots of campy groupsets as well class up the joint around my other bikes as well. I say this having used Jagwire products in the past and recommending them to my customers. With the end of Gore, I feel that the Racer cable and housing set might be the best on the market for road bikes.

    More color options is always nice. This stuff would also look great on a bike that was completely matte black as the we saw as a major trend in paint jobs for both road and mountain bikes in 2012.

  3. That is great! I would buy it in the 25ft roll.
    I’m currently using the 5mm Ripcord compressionless on a CX Disc build routed three down(all continuously) and the 25ft roll worked out nicely for shift and brake with plenty to spare. For that much housing both shift and brake performance is outstanding. Against much advice I went with a 140 in the rear and can easily lock up the wheel with one finger on the lever. I expected good results but was surprised even after years of using Flak Jacket kits.
    This silver housing would match polished rims perfectly.
    Do a limited edition run please.

  4. jagwire used to have this already. i still have a set for shifters and a set for brakes in the shop right now. i put some on a black/silver caad9 a couple years ago with chrome bar tape- it was sweeet.
    you’d be surprised, though, how few bikes it would be “perfect” for.
    then jagwire discontinued it…

  5. I have this colour on my bike. The cable kit was crap! end caps did not fit over the outer and inner wire provided had snags right out of the box.

  6. People saying that they already have this: no you do not. What you have is the “sterling silver” finish silver – or possibly the “ice gray” – Jagwire housing which is clear vinyl coat over silvered aramid fibers. This is CHROME vinyl finish (i.e. – mirror-like).

  7. @ChrisC,
    no, not “sterling silver” , not “ice gray” (xtr/da gray).
    they DID in fact have a mirror-like smooth outer finish brake kit and shifter kit. there is a set of each in the shop right now. main reason its not on my bike right now is i run campy11, shifter body takes 4mm (4,1mm) shift housing w/o end caps. jag’s shift housing was 4.5mm.
    so there ya go.

  8. I just bought this housing (both shifter and brake) about a month ago at the bike shop I work at in MN. I love it and it looks awesome! It’s available on QBP so I know dealers can get it…

  9. BBB already makes this type of “chrome” housing, both derailleur and brake versions. So no need to wait jagwire. (BBB BCB-52C / BCB-51G)

  10. Ok, some truth. This color-way of housing has been in the Jagwire OE catalog for a good amount of time. And it did find its way onto some bikes sold into the US over the past several years, which is where some of you may have seen it before. That, and some highly limited quantities made their way onto the market in the form of Hyper kits in the not to distant past.

    Jagwire literally has 1000’s of color-ways it can produce, including this mirrored finish with skull-n-bones printed on them. I’ve seen it – I still have a small sample from my days as Brand Manager for Jagwire. I advocated for the mirrored finish during my time, but other priorities prevented us from bringing it to market in the form of an AM kit.

    Like the current (on the market) color-ways or not, the people at Jagwire have their hands full when it comes to deciding what colors to make into AM kits – you can’t do them all. But, maybe this outpouring of support for the mirrored finish will finally help it see the light of day in the form of a kit you can buy at your local bike shop.

    And for the record, if you’re having problems with Jagwire housings – you’re probably not setting them up right. Or you’re using the wrong product for a particular application. Sure, I worked for the brand for 6+ years. But, it’s all I’ll ever use and I have to buy it these days since I’ve finally depleted my stockpile.

What do you think?