As more bike brands work on fully hidden, integrated cable, wire and hose designs that hide any connection from shifter lever to brakes and derailleurs, third party brands are helping make it possible. Token’s new Cable Box System allows for anything and everything to run from inside the stem into the frame, without limiting adjustments. And with a top as short as 8mm, they say it gives you the lowest stack height of any integrated system so far.

internal cable routing headset system for road bikes from Token

From the outside, you won’t see any lines. Inside the frame, they run alongside the steerer tube before heading into the downtube.

internal cable routing headset system for road bikes from Token

The system is light, too. The top cap is a composite, and a fiber-reinforced compression ring can withstand 700kg or pressure, so you won’t crush it.

Frames need to have a 1.5” upper bearing too, which is becoming more common. This leaves room for the cables and hoses to run between the ring and the bearing, and the fork’s steerer tube remains a standard 1-1/8″ diameter.

how to hide your brake and shifter cables inside your stem and headset

Installed correctly, you won’t see anything on the outside, and you’ll still be able to turn the bar at least 90º in either direction. Look for BLKTEC stem and bar compatibility at first, with other brands likely to follow.

Shuriken oversize pulleys for Shimano 105

token shuriken oversize derailleur pulley cage and wheels for shimano 105 rear derailleur

Last year, the Token Shuriken debuted with a carbon cage and $330 price point for the latest Dura-Ace and Ultegra derailleurs. Now, there’s a more affordable version for Shimano 105 R7000 derailleurs. It uses an alloy cage, 12/19-tooth combos, and has a 66g weight…which they say is lighter than a stock long cage with plastic pulleys. Where the top model gets ceramic bearings on top and bottom, this uses a TBT ceramic bearing only for the faster spinning top pulley. (We’ve requested pricing, will update as we get it.)

token shuriken oversize derailleur pulley cage and wheels for shimano 105 rear derailleur

Just want to upgrade the pulleys in your derailleur’s stock cage? They have new 12/14t combos for SRAM and Shimano drivetrains. They’re available with standard or ceramic bearings, the latter also getting a PVD coating to improve longevity.

More weight weenie lightweight bike parts

Their composite Ninja Lite bottom brackets, which are among the lightest available, now come in BB86/BB92 versions for Shimano cranksets. The separate installation tool helps ensure they thread-press fully into your frame.

token crown cap and zenith spacers are the lightest headset cap and steerer tube spacers for road bikes

The Token Crown Cap and Zenith spacers are some of the lightest such pieces you’ll find. The 4.5g cap runs $15, and spacers come as a set for $9 and includes 2 x 5mm (1.4g) and 1x 10mm (2.7g).

token push n turn carbon steerer tube expansion headset cap plug

The new Push’n-Turn Long is an extra long version that provides more surface contact inside your steerer tube.

token push n turn carbon steerer tube expansion headset cap plug

It expands a full 3mm, and it’s carbon safe. Weight is 38g, retail is $22. The top is flanged, too, so it won’t fall down into your steerer tube.

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Ettore
Ettore
2 years ago

A BMC top cone is 7mm high.

rentedshoes
rentedshoes
2 years ago
Reply to  Ettore

What’s a “BMC”?

Velo Kitty
Velo Kitty
2 years ago

The Token Cable Box system looks very similar to the FSA/Vision ACR system. The main difference seems to be that ACR routes the front hydraulic line through the steerer tube.

Token has more info on their website, including a PDF:
https://www.tokenproducts.com/headsets/525-cable-box

I would like to see a stem that is hollow on the bottom or at least has a hollow tray. I don’t want to route cables through the bars.

Velo Kitty
Velo Kitty
2 years ago

The Token Cable Box system looks very similar to the FSA/Vision ACR
system. The main difference seems to be that ACR routes the front
hydraulic line through the steerer tube.

Token has more info on their website, including a PDF.

I would like to see a stem that is hollow on the bottom or at least has
a hollow tray. (I don’t want to route cables through the bars.)

Bill boyce
Bill boyce
1 year ago

anybody know if this will fit a 2019 venge top bearing?

Doug
Doug
1 year ago

Would this work with a 2021 specialized Allez sprint disc frameset?