Columbia Cables

Columbia Cables

Columbia Commuter mopeds and their alias names had two different frames, stamped sheet metal, or mono-tube, and two different engines, Sachs 505 or Solo. All Columbia models had front and rear hand brakes, with 1970’s Magura controls. The early 1977-78 sheet metal frame models with Sachs 505 engine, had single-ended (universal) brake cable wires, with Grimeca type pinch bolts on the lower end. But the tube frame models and the late 1979-on sheet frame models had special brake cable ends, shaped like an “S”. 

Columbia brake cable types

Left, American brake, original wire has an “S-end”
Right, Italian brake, wire has no end, held by pinch bolt

Columbia S-end brake with substitute cable

Columbia S-end brake with substitute cable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRONT BRAKE
sleeve x wire
upper end
lower end
REAR BRAKE
sleeve x wire
upper end
lower end
THROTTLE
sleeve x wire
upper end
lower end
START CABLE
sleeve x wire
upper end
lower end
CHOKE CABLE
sleeve x wire
upper end
lower end
1976-78 Columbia
with Italian brakes
sheet metal frame
Sachs 505 engine
(short Bing carb elbow)
38.3 x 43" Ø1.5
6mm pear
no end
746-0289 $10
60.4 x 65" Ø1.5
6mm pear
no end
746-0290 $12
36.8 x 41.3" Ø1.2
5x7 barrel
3x5 inline
746-0291 $20
34+3 x 41" Ø1.5
no end
Ø5/6 barrel
746-0293 $25
37.4 x 39" Ø1.2
no end
3x5 inline
746-0292 $12
1978-80 Columbia
with American brakes
sheet metal frame
Sachs 505 engine
(long Bing carb elbow)
38.9 x 42.0" Ø1.5
6mm pear
"S" hook
746-0344 N/A
61.0 x 64.1" Ø1.5
6mm pear
"S" hook
746-0345 N/A
36.8 x 41.8" Ø1.2
5x7 barrel
3x5 inline
746-0291L $20
same same
1978-80 Columbia
with American brakes
tube frame, Solo engine
carb on bottom
same same 42.0 x 45.2" Ø1.2
5x7 barrel
3x5 inline
746-0347 $22
42.? x 50" Ø1.5
no end
6mm pear
746-0346 $22
42.? x 44.?" Ø1.2
5x7 barrel
3x5 inline
746-0348 $12

 

 

Columbia-Solo throttle cable

 

Solo engine Columbia: On Colombia with Solo engine, the throttle cable carburetor end passes through the a M6-0.75 thread adjuster on the top of the carburetor. So the adjuster is not part of the cable, unlike Puch, and like on the Colombia with Sachs engine.

 

Sachs Carb Elbows L long, R short

Sachs-Bing carb elbows
left is long, right is short

Sachs engine Columbia: On Columbia with Sachs engine, the throttle cable carburetor end passes through a M6-0.75 thread adjuster on the Bing carb elbow, so the adjuster is not trapped on the cable, and is sold separately. The carb elbow, aka curved pipe, can be either short or long. So there are two different throttle cables, short or long. The difference is 1/2 inch of exposed inner wire. 

Columbia-Sachs throttle cable (for short elbow)

 

This exposed length of 4.5 inches is for a “short” elbow. Removed, the short elbow total length is 2 inch with the adjuster, or 1 1/2″ without, measured with a curved wire through the middle.

Columbia-Sachs throttle cable (for long elbow)

 

There are some Colombia’s with “long” carb elbows. They need this cable with a 0.5″ longer exposed length. The long elbow, removed, has a total length of 2 1/2″ with the adjuster, or 2″ without.

 

Columbia Sachs choke cable

Columbia Sachs choke cable

 

See Hercules Sachs choke cable for info.