Originally Posted by Frosty
Just agreeing with the two posters above about the length marking. I recently replaced some outboard throttle and shift cables, and indeed, the length was printed on them near the end (on the cable sheath as it would be on an electrical wire). Mine were Morse cables and the number was total inches (so for example 19' would be marked as 228). Maybe that's just Morse.
For replacements I went with the Seastar (Teleflex) Xtreme. They are the type that you can supposedly tie in knots and they still operate smoothly. I don't even have a particularly convoluted run but there was not a huge difference in price so for the effort I decided to go with the better product. If you have some convolutedness they'd seem advantageous.
(U-flex also makes comparable "extreme" cables, but they were less commonly available so I decided to go with the Seastar.)
I second the Teleflex Extreme cables as being the best. The difference in price between standard red cable to Xtreme is minimal.
I replaced the red jacket cables with Xtreme cables and the ease at which the levers can be moved with Xtreme cables is a major improvement. They've been in operation for 10 years and still smooth.