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tiagra or 105 components?

Old 07-23-02, 05:25 PM
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tiagra or 105 components?

Just wondering how much of a difference the full 105 will make over the Tiagra. How much should I expect to upgrade? Is it worth it?
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Tiagra us not as durable and somewhat heavier than 105. The shifters rattle more [a common problem through the Shimano line] and the bottom bracket isn't quite as nice. For the weight savings and durability, I think 105 is a better value in the long-run, in fact, it's the price/performance sweet spot in Shimano's lineup. The complete group [shifters, derailleurs, brakes, bottom bracket, crankset, etc.] sells for about US$500-$550. You can get an upgrade kit [shifters, derailleurs, cassette and chain] for about US$250.
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I will upgrade to the next two or three up, the ladder, like if i have a Tiagra, i will go for an Ultegra Upgrade, if I can't afford it at the time, I will just have to wait until I have save for the upgrade, and be the way welcome to BFC "Haley
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at www.coloradocyclist.com, the Ultegra Upgrade is only $259.00, so why will upgrade to 105 and the difference is only Nine bucks
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!05 is great for most people. spend the money once and avoid the 'upgrade trap'.
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It is said that 105 has 95% the performance of D/A at 50% the price. I don't know how true this is, but after almost 2 years of riding 4-5 days a week...my 105 is still woking flawlessly. I love my 105. I love Shimano components. =)
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Abicibikes has good prices


https://www.abicibikes.com/frame_kits...kit=105-Triple
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Do you already have Tiagra components and are planning to upgrade them?

If so then I'd say hang around and buy a new bike later. I have Tiagra bits and am happy with them (although I don't really know anything else) but investigated upgrading them. By the time I added a comparable wheelset to the 105 kit I was looking at more than half the bikes cost again. The frame would also be the weakest link (relatively speaking) in the setup. Of course if you have a very good frame then getting a groupset to match makes perfect sense (even if this post doesn't).

If not I'd go for the 105 now rather than upgrade later.
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If you have a good frame then why not upgrade the parts a few at a time? Tiagra is 9 speed and compatible with the higher end shimano grouppos. I personally would skip 105 if upgrading from Tiagra and go straight to Ultegra. Most of the parts dont cost that much more.
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Since I need the whole bike, I think I will probably just upgrade to the R700 which comes with the 105.
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Good choice.Less chance of getting upgrade fever and it will serve you well.
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I love 105 components, and I think they're the best price/performance value Shimano has. I've used Tiagra once and wasn't happy with the performance. (FWIW).
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I have 105 that has served me well the last two years. Just about a month ago they started to be out of adjustement. The handle has a screw that unscrews a little. But loctite should fix that.
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