The unique design of the AICAN Bungarus (Bungarus is a kind of snake) brake housing produces the lightest housing currently on the market.
It resembles Nokon and Alligator I-Links by featuring interlocking alloy housing segments. But unlike Nokon and Alligator, the Bungarus uses a 2 part segment design. There are long (8mm pieces) and short (6mm) pieces. Each 8mm piece has a 13.5mm liner that extends out of the ends of the segment. The shorter segments fit onto these extensions. These can be added or removed until getting the perfect length. Installation is much easier than previous designs by omitting the tedious job of threading the pieces over a full-length liner.
This built-in POM delrin liner is thinner than a traditional inner liner which allows for a smaller outer diameter while maintaining a larger inner diameter. The cable housing becomes slimmed down to 3.8mm from standard 5mm brake housing and can be used with almost all brake cables excluding Power Cordz.
The Bungarus sets do, however, come stock with DLC brake cables (road, mountain) which, in our experience, is a high performance long lasting cable. The nano coating used on these more traditional steel cables is far more durable than standard Teflon, and prevents the balling up issues that happens with some of the other low-friction coatings as they wear off.
|Brand ||Shift ||Brake ||Total Weight |
|Bungarus ||38g ||40.1g ||83.1 g |
|Alligator ||34.9g ||55.8g ||102 g |
|Ashima ||60.2g ||63.5g ||131.4 g |
|Gore UL ||39.7g ||78.2g ||129.7 g |
|Nokon ||66.7g ||69.65 ||149.2 g |
|Shimano ||54.9g ||85.4g ||147.3 g |
|Campagnolo ||60.1g ||85.9g ||151.1 g |
True Weight Comparison
Weight for the AICAN Bungarus is 18 grams per meter, but we measured it at 17.5 grams per meter. For our writeup on our first impressions we decided to put that into more meaningful numbers, so we pulled the cables and housing off of a bike and made several kits of the same lengths to compare. First we weighed the brake and shift systems separately. Then we added all the necessary bits (ferrules, cable tips, liners, seals, etc…) and weighed the complete cabling system.
AICAN Bungarus sets come with 1.5 meters of brake housing or 1.8m for shift. They come complete with 2 cables, ferrules, 2 clear frame protector sheaths, donuts, and end caps. Brake cables are compatible with road and mountain bikes. Derailleur cables work with Shimano, SRAM, and Campagnolo.