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Old 02-05-14, 09:56 PM   #1
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Thoughts On Claris?

I recently purchased a used Giant FCR 3 that was converted to drop bars. The guy decided to leave the 09' Altus RD paired with Shimano 600 STI shifters and a compact 105 crankset. Wouldn't it have made more sense to upgrade to Sora/Tiagra/105? The shifters are $200 on eBay which could have converted the cost of something more modern and reliable. It shifted fine when I took it for a test ride but now it's acting up. Fortunately I was able to snag it at a fantastic price (yeah, that's probably why) so a replacement shouldn't be a problem and the whole package would still leave me ahead.

The new 9-speed Claris group doesn't look too bad for a commuter bike. Sora is only marginally cheaper than Tiagra and 105, but Claris shifters are half the price. And the F&RD are less than $35 a piece. Do I save the cash and go Claris? Should I fork over a little more for something better? Or should I just work with what I have and just replace the chain and cassette?

I obviously won't be racing/touring or doing long distance riding or hill climbing.

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Old 02-05-14, 10:59 PM   #2
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I think its a great deal. Heck, I have an old Sora from 2005 that's still working pretty good.

The Claris lools like the old Tiagra, which is considered to be better than Sora.
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Old 02-05-14, 11:33 PM   #3
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I've never used Claris, but my experience is that Shimano's low end group sets work reasonably well but don't feel as nice as the more expensive stuff. That is, each step up the ladder makes the components feel more smooth and solid, arguably they even stay in tune better, but when properly adjusted the low end stuff will give you essentially the same functionality. It's mostly just the difference between "click" and "whack".

That said, I'd spend the extra money for Sora or Tiagra if I had the budget.
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Old 02-06-14, 12:33 AM   #4
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I hope more users of Claris chip in here. I've noticed that lately triples are hard to come by in bikes - and are often Claris. Anything higher is a double, at least, out of the box.
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Old 02-06-14, 06:54 PM   #5
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The only better groups that I'd consider would be Sora/Tiagra. 105 sells itself as entry level racing, which I don't need since I have another rig for that. Tiagra seems more mid-range between the two and harder to find thus nearly as expensive. Sora seems good but still having trouble finding it from any reputable site & reasonable shipping. I'm going to order the Claris next week and post some feedback on it.
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Old 02-07-14, 08:18 AM   #6
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I think I remember that bike from craigslist...

I have sora on one of my bikes and it's ok, well worn, but still works. I've used tourney before, and it worked great. Nothing exciting.
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I thought Claris was 8sp, Sora 9sp, Tiagra 10sp?

Is there a Claris 9sp shifter?

I've not rode Claris, only worked on it at the shop, and FWIW, I like it better than the 2200 group that preceded it.
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Looks like just 8:
http://road.cc/content/news/77271-sh...laris-groupset

According to the article Claris replaces 2300.
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Old 02-07-14, 05:43 PM   #9
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Looks like just 8:
http://road.cc/content/news/77271-sh...laris-groupset

According to the article Claris replaces 2300.
Yeah....that's all Shimano shows for both brake/shift and rapid fire shift only.
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It filled in a gap when 105 prices had to be floated upward?

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Old 02-09-14, 04:22 AM   #11
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I have a 2014 base model allez on full claris group, its my first road bike but certainly shifts okay. Not had any problems in over 1000 miles so far.
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