Bicycle Mechanics - Tiagra Brifters, what can I expect
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04-01-12, 07:00 PM
finally got a modern road bike with brifters and really enjoying them. what a pleasure not having to shift body position/weight to tangle with my down tube levers. makes being in the perfect gear at all times a reality.
but I know that these are not top of the line so what makes them inferior? as I use them are there any indications of wear to be observant for? do they have any limitations, as in "they're great so long as you don't ..."
I'm not easy on equipment of any kind and i'm used to bulletproof '70s-'80s era steel bikes.
04-01-12, 07:07 PM
There's nothing to be specifically wary of, Tiagra has a good track record. I suggest changing the shift cables out every 3000 miles or so, since it's no fun extracting the head of a cable from an STI lever if it frays and breaks off. But that's not specific to Tiagra.
04-01-12, 08:29 PM
I am using a set of Tiagra bought new in 2002. They have around 14000 miles on them. The right or rear shifter began to act up around 8000 miles and i nursed it along for 500 -600 miles before replacing it. The left is still original.
04-01-12, 08:33 PM
I bought a set of Tiagra shifters at a rummage sale for $2.50, they did not work. After cleaning them with WD40 they work fine, now I have to
decide what bike I am going to convert to STI with them.
I will have no fear using them, they seem well built, solidified grease was the problem.
04-01-12, 08:50 PM
My first road bike came with Sora shifters, the next level down from Tiagra. I have 13,000 miles on them, and they are still working well.
There's nothing to be specifically wary of
Except the fragility of the buttons. Be careful they don't cop a whack. The flimsy steel plate under the plastic is easily bent fore/aft.
I bought a used set of Tiagra 9 speed brifters on ebay 3 years ago. They have been on 2 different bikes and paired with tiagra frt and rear derauiller's shift great. I have 105 and Ultregra on my other 2 bikes, I have no complaints. There is not a lot of difference, a tad heavier.
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