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Old 12-02-03, 11:28 AM   #1
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Shimano (good, better, best)

Can anyone explain to me how Shimano setups are ranked. I'm shopping for a hybrid (long story here), and am trying to compare models and see what I'm really paying for and what's best for me. -- Thanks
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(1) Dura Ace, (best) (2) Ultegra, (Better) (3) 105, (Better than good) (4) Sora, and (5) Tiagra, and whatever is out there.

I may have the Sora And Tiagra in reverse order, I can't remember.
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Yup, Tiagra is better than Sora.
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Thanks guys, what about when comparing them to Shimano's mountain bike components. Are trere any baseline equivilants? I keep seeing some (700c) hybrids with mountain bike comps and others with road bike ones.
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The shimano website lists all of the lines for both mtb and road.
You can see how a line stacks up in each category.
Click on either mtb or road on the left.

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Thanks guys, what about when comparing them to Shimano's mountain bike components. Are trere any baseline equivilants? I keep seeing some (700c) hybrids with mountain bike comps and others with road bike ones.
I can give you the first three from best down: XTR, XT, and LX
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Here's the link to the Shimano website. On the left side you'll see MTB, Road, & Comfort. If you click on each of these links you'll see a listing of components from best to not.

http://bike.shimano.com/
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From top level to bottom level:

Road: Dura Ace, Ultegra, 105, Tiagra, Sora, and a flat bar set that kind of fits between 105 and Tiagra. There is a 600 lever/brake set that's for smaller hands that is an Ulterage level set

MTB: XTR, XT, LX, Deore, Acera, Alvino, Tourney, then some unamed groups.
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