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Old 10-10-15, 09:01 PM
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The low end to the high end for Shimano derailleurs

Can anyone list the full spectrum of Shimano derailleurs from lowest end to highest? I know the 105 - Ultegra - Dura Ace end but have no idea at the low end - Acera? Tourney, etc. Does anyone have the full lineup from lowest end to highest? I see all sorts of Shimano components on lower end bikes but want to know how the different low end models rank compared to each other.
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This might help: Shimano Road Groupsets: The Hierarchy | Evans Cycles | Ride It Blog | News, reviews, how-tos
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Can anyone list the full spectrum of Shimano derailleurs from lowest end to highest? I know the 105 - Ultegra - Dura Ace end but have no idea at the low end - Acera? Tourney, etc. Does anyone have the full lineup from lowest end to highest?
Shimano's road groupsets from low end to high end: Claris, Sora, Tiagra, 105, Ultegra, Dura Ace. Tourney parts are entry level, below Claris, but it's not a complete groupset. There are also non-group parts out there for OEM use.

Acera is a low-end mountain group, along the lines of Altus and Alivio. I don't know Shimano's mountain hierarchy really well, so I'll leave that for someone else.
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Wiki has a good graph with dates and series numbers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimano
The graph starts about halfway down the page.
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The Road set is easy to remember, but those Alivo Acera Altus Deore are confusing and can be found on hybrids and MTB
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Road is Tourney, Claris, Sora, Tiagra, 105, Ultegra, and Dura-Ace.
MTB is Tourney, Altus, Acera, Alivio, Deore, SLX, XT, and XTR.
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Great. Thanks! It is all of the low end stuff that I could never figure out... Next will have to be the compatibility question...
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Great. Thanks! It is all of the low end stuff that I could never figure out... Next will have to be the compatibility question...
Compatibility at the low end is sometimes harder to figure out because the datasheets are not as comprehensive as on the higher end.
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Great. Thanks! It is all of the low end stuff that I could never figure out... Next will have to be the compatibility question...
In general, Shimano parts are cross-compatible across the spectrum. There are notable exceptions (10-speed road shift levers will not index with 10-speed "Dyna-Sys" rear derailleurs) but otherwise it's not a problem.
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Great. Thanks! It is all of the low end stuff that I could never figure out... Next will have to be the compatibility question...
Stick with the higher level stuff then Problem solved
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Can anyone list the full spectrum of Shimano derailleurs from lowest end to highest? I know the 105 - Ultegra - Dura Ace end but have no idea at the low end - Acera? Tourney, etc. Does anyone have the full lineup from lowest end to highest? I see all sorts of Shimano components on lower end bikes but want to know how the different low end models rank compared to each other.


[h=3]Road groupsets[/h]For 2013, Shimano road bicycle groupsets include:
  • Dura-Ace Di2 [9070] (11 speed electronic)
  • Dura-Ace [9000] (11 speed)
  • Dura-Ace Track [7710] (NJS-approved, which is a requirement of all bicycle components used in professional Keirin racing in Japan)
  • Ultegra Di2 [6870] (11 speed electronic)
  • Ultegra Di2 [6770] (10 speed electronic)
  • Ultegra [6800] (11 speed)
  • Ultegra [6700] (10 speed)
  • 105 [5800] (11 speed)
  • 105 [5700] (10 speed)
  • Tiagra [4700] (10 speed)
  • Tiagra [4600] (10 speed)
  • Sora [3500] (9 speed)
  • Claris [2400] (8 speed)

Believe it or not, "groupset" is the wording for bike components only: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groupset
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Cross reference for both road and MTB equipment, including Shimano, Campagnolo and SRAM. Also noted same levels of quality from those producers for reference:

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