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Location: Boise, ID
Bikes: Giant TCR 0, Lemond Zurich, Giant NRS 1, Jamis Explorer Beater/Commuter, Peugeot converted single speed
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Originally Posted by Mike552
I agree and disagree.
True, Sora or 2200 isn't Ultegra. But IT WORKS JUST AS WELL.
The only difference in performance is the weight. Period.
One of my bikes is full DA, the other is Ultegra. Another one of my bikes is XTR (MTB comparable to DA).
I have another bike that is Deore(Tiagra) and my wife's bike is 2200. I Keep all my bikes tuned properly. I ride all of them and I can tell you there is no difference in shifting performance. The only difference is when I pick the bike up. My DA bike feels like a feather compared to my wife's Fuji with 2200 parts.
I pretty much agree with the above.....I could see the possibility that in the heat of racing where split second shifting under enormous loads is critical one might see a difference, but I don't see shifting performance differences between my Dura Ace and Tiagra bikes.. In fact, when my Major Jake's Dura Ace Shifters wore out (they do that), I replaced with Tiagra and have never looked back. Tiagra just seems to make a lot more sense for a used and abused cross bike and it works just fine for me. My buddy's 105 does not perform differently from my Dura Ace either. The caviat here is that all shifters must be properly adjusted. Once that is done, they all seem to work pretty well under normal riding around conditions.
As cyclists, our pride often renders us fodder for savy marketers. Cycling product prices skyrocket primarily for one reason; people will pay it to avoid looking like or thinking they bought something other than high end.
In reality, even bar end shifters set to friction work pretty darn good for most applications. Sexy shifters will never make you fast
Last edited by Sawtooth; 01-13-09 at 08:39 AM.