50 meters (about 164 ft) worth of Odyssey's Linear Slic Kable® K-Shield™ housing.
Odyssey is dedicated to improving their cable’s technical features, so they recently began selling all of the Linear Slic Kable® with our new K-Shield™ housing. This new design greatly improves the housing’s compression strength. To illustrate the difference Odyssey performed a test. As you can see, all “linear” cables are not created equal. The Odyssey Linear Slic Kable® with K-Shield™ has a compression strength that is nearly 70% greater than its nearest competitor. What this means for you is longer cable life and improved reliability.
When it comes to cables, don’t fall for the same old sales pitch. They’re not all the same. We know that you’ll appreciate the long life of these cables as much as we do. K-Shield™ is included on every Linear Slic Kable® that Odyssey makes.
Linear Slic Kable® housing with K-Shield™
Odyssey's long history with brake cable innovation can be traced back to the launch of their first Slic Kables® 1986. Over the years they have continued to make improvements to size, fit and performance. They’ve gone on to release products like the BrakeLine Slic Kable® in 1998 with a special Teflon® coated inner-wire to greatly reduce cable friction. They also released the original Linear Slic Kable® in 2003, which went on to change the way that riders look at detanglers. This design used the first derailleur-based housing with a BMX-style inner wire, allowing riders to do a barspin or tailwhip without having to worry about the cable binding up. Since that time nearly every brand has followed in our footsteps, releasing their own “linear” cables, which in most cases are a design that is simply rebranded straight out of cable manufacturer’s catalog.
In 2008 Odyssey began to include Volcano Ferrules with every Linear Slic Kable that they sold. These specialty ferrules helped to prevent the housing from blowing out unexpectedly. In response, we would often hear from riders that they didn’t know why Odyssey's cables were better, but for some reason they always seemed to last longer. Part of the reason, of course, was the use of Volcano Ferrules.