Do Cyclocross bikes wear the gear out more than other bikes?
Hi I've always wanted my cyclocross bike to shifter smoothier and easily (and maybe act) like a racing road bike. But I'm not sure if it's worth going beyond 105s. So question is...
I have a Giant TCX1 and would like to replace all of the Shimano Sora components with Ultegras. Is this really worth it? I heard that Anything beyond 105 is going to easily break when going on tough terrain. And also I'm not sure if I can feel the difference between 105s and Ultegras especially when going off road.
By the way, I plan to use my CX bike 80% of the time on the road and 20% off road.
'''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
The answer to your title question "Do Cyclocross bikes wear the gear out more than other bikes?" is obviously yes if you ride them as true cyclocross bikes. Mud, water and dust obviously wear things out faster than clean dry roads.
105 or Ultegra are both plenty durable with a slight edge (and weight benefit) to Ultegra if used under favorable conditions. If you are going to beat them up off-road, go with 105 as the inevitably damaged components will cost less to replace.