Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Central PA
Bikes: Old Fuji road,Cirrus Sport
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One thought. Most bike shops will upgrade parts and equipment at little cost when buying new. See if they will upgrade the 7.2 with what you like from the 7.3. Tires are cheap so that should not be the decider. See if they will swap the rear derailer for a small cost. I hate the Sora on my Cirrus. It will go this winter. Probably for a 105 medium cage. The front will probably become a Deore LX.
Anyway on the fork, I think the steel would be slightly more forgiving. I still think the upgrade to carbon is worth it. But it's you're money, spend it wisely. I hope you end up with something that suits you're needs and makes you happy. In the end that is all that matters.
PS: Components can directly affect the peformance and enjoyment of you're ride. Do not skimp on components. As I said, I hate the Sora components on my Sirrus. At time of purchase it is cheaper than upgrading later. Buy the best components you can afford. I have ridden Shimano Sora,Tiargra,105, and Ultegra. I have ridden some SRAM, mostly Apex. The difference is noticable. My Fuji roadie has Ultegra. It just flat out works. Shift under a hard load, it just shifts and you keep going. Not so with Sora, you have to fiddle with it under a load to shift. It misshifts sometimes. I know a new chain would help. I will replace it this winter.
What I'm trying to say is buy the best you can. Especially in the rear. You will be using the rear derailer far more than the front. So at least spend the money in the rear. Yo'll be glad you did down the road.
Last edited by phread59; 07-15-12 at 08:55 AM.
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