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    105 or Deore/Tiagra for a noob CX

    I would like to thank you in advance for any help you may provide.
    I am just getting started in biking altogether and have decided on purchasing a CX bike for its wide variety of uses. Plus I would like to get into the racing scene, as I was a former cross country runner.
    I have decided between two bikes.

    2006 Bianchi Axis with ($900) LBS with great staff
    Derailleurs, r/f: Shimano Deore XT 9spd / Shimano Tiagra 31.8mm
    Shifters: Shimano Tiagra STI

    2005 Lemond Poprad ($975) mass bike chain
    Derailleurs, r/f: Shimano 105
    Shifters: Shimano 105 STI

    Since I am new to biking I donít have much knowledge in repairing and maintaining a bike, which one of these would be less finicky? I know the 105 system is better than the Tiagra/Deore, but would the latter be better for a noob because it is more for off road applications?
    Last edited by dohm0022; 05-16-07 at 02:25 PM. Reason: too generic of a title

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