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I agree with this. I think new shifter and dropper cable should be an automatic pre-season change out. It's too often overlooked, even by professionals. Mechanics don't want to scare off their customers and try to keep prices low. When I was a mechanic we'd only change the cable and housing if there was a problem. Near the end of my shop days, I had a different mind about it. New cables and housing will be something a discerning customer can feel and they should always get that feeling after a bike gets tuned up. If it's in for a tune-up, cables and housing are automatic. And they don't need to be crazy high end, just reasonable quality.
Good to know on the pads. I switched to sram brakes last year and when I swapped out the stock resin pads for sintered I didn't get the performance boost I had come to expect from doing the same with shimano.
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