Installing Rear Derailleur Liner on the Liscio

Every Liscio is prepared with the proper derailleur liners installed at our headquarters. You should be able to simply slide the cable in through the headtube ports (openings in the headtube) and the cable will exit out the correct port on—one on the chain stay, and one behind the seat tube. The cable should slide all the way through the frame without needing to fish around inside the frame.

The ultimate purpose of this photo sequence is to show how the cables should be installed in the event they need to be replaced. Fresh liners for the Liscio can be purchased through contacting Volagi Cycles.

Note: The images used in this tutorial were taken using a frame with a cutout opening to show what the cables look like inside the frame. At home, you’re frame will not have any holes in it (hopefully) and much of the work will have to be done by feel. In providing this tutorial, we hope to take out some of the guess work

Needed Materials:

  • 1 derailleur cable
  • 1 front derailleur liner
  • 1 rear dereailleur liner (Made up of: One long piece of liner [A], and one shorter piece of liner that slides into the longer piece from the chainstay[B])
  • Pick or hook tool
  • 2mm allen wrench
  • The view of the headtube of your Liscio2 will look something like this.

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You may need to look closely or shine a flashlight on the opening in the headtube ports, and when you do, you will see the small entry into the liner[A]. This is where you will insert your cable. The right port corresponds to the right shifter (rear derailleur) and the left port corresponds to the left shifter (front derailleur)

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Begin by threading a derailleur cable through the liner[A]. The cable should travel completely through the liner until the head of the cable rests against the liner.

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Using your index finger, reach inside the headtube, and find the cable as it enters the frame through the headtube port. Easing the cable through the downtube, guide the cable downward along the bottom of the downtube so as not to wrap the cable around the brake housing tube (as shown with arrow)

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Your cable should exit the window underneath the bottom bracket. This is a good time to put a small light inside the headtube (eg flashlight) to make sure that the cable is not entwined around the brake tube. You will have to look through the BB window to see this.

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Next, guide cable back through the BB window and into the right chainstay.

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Pull the cable out of the chainstay port. You may need a pick or hook tool as seen in the image. Lift up the end of the cable and pull the cable completely through until the head of the liner[A] stops at the headtube port.

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Guide the shorter piece of the rear derailleur liner[B] through the aluminum housing stop as shown. Then, slide the clear end on to the derailleur cable.

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Slide the shorter rear derailleur liner [B] into longer rear derailleur liner [A] until it stops.

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Secure the rear housing stop to the frame using a 2mm allen wrench.

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Push liner[B] snuggly into the rear housing stop (tip: it may help to use a small piece of housing to press it into place)

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Viaje Cable Routing

For the adventure bike in our stable, we’ve designed the Viaje with completely housed cables throughout the length of the bicycle. This set-up prevents invasive dirt and grime from compromising your shifting while out shredding trails or conquering a double century.

Volagi Lead Mechanic, Omar, sat down to give his best advice for routing the cable housing on your Viaje. Leave your questions, comments, or tips for Omar and he will gladly take the time  to chat with you.

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By: Omar Sison

The cable housing that originates from the right side of the handlebars should cross over the head tube to the left side of the frame. All housing crosses the head tube except the front brake housing. A barrel adjuster is applied to the housing of the front derailleur cable (as shown). I recommend Shimano SP41 shift housing, especially for Shimano drivetrains, and for improved brake modulation and power, I recommend Shimano SLR or Jagwire compression-less housing. Keep in mind that your housing should be just long enough to allow for full range of motion of the handlebars when you move them from side to side.

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Note: the front brake cable can either be positioned in front of or behind the rear housing.

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Here you can see a setup with two barrel adjusters on the shift housing, primarily for use with MTB derailleurs such as Shimano XT and SRAM X9.

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Notice there is no barrel adjuster at the derailleur when using a MTB rear derailleur.

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From left to right in this image: Rear brake, rear derailleur, front derailleur.

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Shift housing crosses under the bottom bracket—with the rear derailleur housing crossing underneath the front derailleur housing.

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Make sure cable housing length allows for relaxed radius into the derailleur, forming a straight, continuous path through the barrel adjuster. Try not to kink the cable at the barrel adjuster, it will only adversely affect your shifting.

Now go out and explore some new trails!