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Two equivalent bikes except Claris vs Sora

Old 07-30-15, 10:22 AM
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Two equivalent bikes except Claris vs Sora

The price difference is about $150.

One bike is Norco Valence A3 and the other one is Louis Garneau Axis SL4.

They both have aluminum and carbon construction and are 2015 models. The Norco is the one with Sora.
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Originally Posted by beauvafr View Post
The price difference is about $150.

One bike is Norco Valence A3 and the other one is Louis Garneau Axis SL4.

They both have aluminum and carbon construction and are 2015 models. The Norco is the one with Sora.
What year were the components. A number of people in the mechanics forum have pointed out that the Sora circa early 2010's are now the Claris circa 2014.
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What year were the components. A number of people in the mechanics forum have pointed out that the Sora circa early 2010's are now the Claris circa 2014.
And the new Sora is the old Tiagra.
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Old 07-30-15, 12:19 PM
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And the new tiagra is the old 105!

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The new Sora (3500) 9 speed is very nice, and works well if set up with some care. I have not used Claris, but if it is 8 speed, I would go for Sora. Even if it is 9, I would probably still go Sora as a known commodity.
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Claris is 8 speed (but no thumb shifter).
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If they are different brands, they are different bikes...if you can ride them, and the Claris one feels better, get it...primary difference is 8vs 9 speed cassette... I've been looking at bikes with both, both work. I happen to be honing in on one with Dora, but it also has other upgrades...
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Read the subject as a toast.
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Read the subject as a toast.


I fixed it.
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I fixed it.
It had more gusto the other way.
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True.

I get OCD sometimes.
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Thanks everyone the number of speed is not a concern for me I worry more about the feel
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Thanks everyone the number of speed is not a concern for me I worry more about the feel
Then you should ride them both and see which one feels better to you.
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Get a giant defy. The new 2016 bikes are out now so go looking for some of the 2015 models which are heavily discounted at the moment. For example, here in Australia I can find a giant defy 2 with tiagra discounted to around the same price as the norco.
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Well, Hannibal Lechter definitely preferred Claris(se).

I can vouch for new 9-speed Sora - It works very well.
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Seriously, other than the number of cogs, I doubt you'd be able to tell the difference. I had the old-style Sora on my first road bike- a triple, no less- and it worked flawlessly; and I'm sure newer Sora and Claris does, as well.

But like Smarkinson said above, you'd do a lot better to start looking for current and last-year's close-outs soon, and get a decent name-brand bike for the same price as the "off brands". Since this is an entry-level bike, you'll likely want to sell it a year or so down the road, to move on to something better- and a name-brand bike will hold it's resale value a lot better- so if you can get it for the same price as an "off brand", you'll be saving even more than it would appear.
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