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Old 04-01-12, 12:06 AM   #1
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Best brifters for a newbie?

Looking for advice. When I was looking for the best newbie/recreational/commuter groupset, I was recommended 105 is the best in terms of quality/durability/not too expensive.

Now, my left brifter got broken after just 50 kilometres. 105 5703 groupset. But I got it 2nd hand (taken off a new bike, unused, but still 2n hand - no guarantee). Now I need new STI brifters.

Which brifters do you recommend? Are 5700 good and I just got a bad piece? Should I get ultegra? Are Tiagra good and will they work on a 3x10 105 groupset?
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The ones that come on a new bike built up..
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STI is over-complicated and prone to failure.

You can use Campy's far more reliable (and sexy, IMO) shifters with the aid of a ShiftMate.

Some folks hate em though, so you should prolly test ride an Ergo bike before committing.
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105 is great stuff; Ultegra is "better"?, smoother and quicker shifting, it will last longer but that is open to discussion and opinion; I have 40,000 miles on my Tiagra before it failed, it doesn't look as nice as the 105 or Ultegra. Your choice.
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Traditional downtube shifters or bar-end shifters
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Sounds like you got a bad part, 105 is traditionally good stuff... Or something unusual happened.
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Traditional downtube shifters or bar-end shifters
An alternative would be those brake levers with DT shifter bosses on the front of them, I can't remember the name.
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An alternative would be those brake levers with DT shifter bosses on the front of them, I can't remember the name.
Retroshift - http://retroshift.com/
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Sounds like you got a bad part, 105 is traditionally good stuff... Or something unusual happened.
*cough*

Unusual, you say?
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*cough*

Unusual, you say?
Those retroshift look like the best solution.
If I can't find those, It'll probably be best to switch to double front rings since double brifters are easier to find round my hometown in case of future failures.
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You can use Campy's far more reliable (and sexy, IMO) shifters with the aid of a ShiftMate.
This is the solution.
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there is the option of No Brifter.. 2 schemes now use a downtube lever
Placed within reach while grasping the brake-lever hood.

retroshift mentioned, and Kelly .. the lever inside of the inner face of the hood..
rather than on the front.

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