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SRAM Cable and Housing Cutter

When my trusty old home-mechanic-quality cable cutter finally gave up the ghost this year, I turned to my local bike shop for a recommendation. I had expected them to suggest one with blue handles, but instead they enthusiastically suggested the SRAM cable and housing cutter. In fact, both the shop owner and mechanic claim it’s the only one they use anymore. That’s a pretty strong endorsement.

The cutter features a simple adjustment to allow its jaws to either open just wide enough for cutting cables, or wide enough to cut housing. There is a cable-end crimper built in to the handles, and an integrated awl in the handle to finish prepping freshly cut housing. Add in a comfortable composite grip and a simple wire latch to hold the handles together when the tool’s not in use, and you’ve got a good-looking, well-built shop tool. And while it’s tough enough for professional use, at $42 it’s still affordable enough for serious home mechanics.

Visit www.sram.com for more info.

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4 Comments

  1. amckimmeyDecember 12, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    What is the Surly tool on the left of the board in the top photo?

  2. Urban JeffDecember 12, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    It’s a fly swatter.

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    [...] Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup December 12th By Rick Ankrum, on December 13, 2011, 12:07 am SRAM Cable and Housing Cutter urbanvelo.org When my trusty old home-mechanic-quality cable cutter finally gave up the ghost this [...]

  4. asc.pghDecember 17, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Any experience with the Felco cutters to which to compare the SRAM tool?

    That’s been the shop quality dream cutter that could be dethroned by the SRAM if it really does compare well.

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