Cable rub on bike frames

Cable rubbing is a common issue that affects bike frames, particularly on the headtube and on the chain stays area where internal cable routing for brakes and derailleur exit the frame. Over time, this problem may cause damage to the paint or the frame itself. Of course, most brands now offer fully internal cable routing which completely solves this issue.

However, fully hidden cables are necessarily the best option since they add complexity and reduced serviceability. Fortunately, cable rubbing can be avoided easily, and this article will show you quick and simple ways to avoid this issue and how you can use the AMS bike frame protection to get rid of cable rub on your bike frame once and for all!

Ways to protect bike frames from cable rub

As riders who take care of our bike rigs, we want to protect our investment and make sure it remains looking new for as long as possible. Here are some effective ways to protect your bike frames from cable rub:

Cable protectors against cable rubbing

These are small rubber or plastic pieces that fit over the cables and protect them from rubbing against the frame. Cable protectors work well against cable rubbing on bike frames and are effective yet affordable and can be replaced easily when they wear out. They are easy to install and come in various sizes and shapes to fit different cable sizes and locations. 

Frame protection kits, our top recommended solution

With a protection kit, you get much more than just frame protectors for cable rub points. By applying a frame protection kit to your frame you can protect other areas exposed to the harsh conditions of the trails. Also, If you use strap-on accessories such as bags, a frame kit will protect your bike’s paintwork. 

Adhesive tape rolls

There are various types of adhesive tape rolls available on the market which may be used on your frame to provide protection against cable rub and scratches. If you are up to the task, this solution is a DIY kind of solution where you will need to cut the shapes in different sizes to fit them properly on your frame. However, this solution is not as durable or as stylish as frame protection kits specifically designed for bikes. Adhesive tapes may also be harder to apply leaving bubbles underneath.

Bike frame protection tape kit against cable rubbing

When it comes to bike frame protection, the AMS frame guards are the perfect solution to keep your frame looking great for longer. Not only will you get protection from cable rub on your bike frame, but also against chips and scratches on exposed areas of your frame. 

The AMS frame guards are made of a durable honeycomb PVC material that is highly resistant and won’t yellow over time. The precut shapes make it super easy to install with no bubbles underneath. The All Mountain Style frame protection kits come in various colors and designs, allowing you to customize your bike while protecting it from cable rub and more!

Don’t ruin the look of your bike, improve it!  

Carles Carrera

Co-Founder, Product&Marketing

Carles' passion for Enduro MTB ignited the creation of AMS. Nowadays, you're more likely to find him speeding along scenic gravel paths, enjoying the thrill of his gravel bike.