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Old 07-15-05, 05:41 PM
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Sora Components

I am picking up my new Lemond Etape on Monday and am curious. I have read SO much about how much better the Tiagra/105 set up is v. Sora/Tiagra. I am getting my bike for $300 less than the bikes with those components, or the ones I looked at anyway, Trek 1200/Lemond Reno. I really don't have that extra $300 to spend either, or I would rather not spend it now. Being as I am brand new in road biking how much of a difference am I going to notice, if any at all at this time. Just trying to get some last minute advice before my purchase. Thanks for all the help!
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If your new sora is fine. Don't think about it too much. Save the money for a better set of wheels later when you run your hubs dry. After that a new bike with the extra bling may be in order.

good luck with the bike upgrade addiciton it seems your going to get it like the rest of us here.
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I just got a new bike this past week that has 105's. My old bike is a sora bike and really sora is pretty good stuff. Probably want last as long as the 105 but actually the sora is a little more forgiving and I think that has to do because they are 8 speeds instead of 9. It just took a little practice to get use to the 105 shifters however I really like the the configeration of the soras similar to campy but without the camp quality. My opinion is ride the sora and in a couple years if you are reiding a lot then you may want to get a new bike or upgrade components I would get a least all 105 or Ultegra when the time comes. There is not anything wrong with Sora. It may not shift as smooth way less or be as durable but it will defiently do the job.
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Don't worry about such things. Sora is fine, I rode the Etape and had no problems with Sora. Just like many other mechanical objects, as long as you keep it properly adjusted you should enjoy many many miles with your bike. Plus that extra $ will go a long way towards shorts, helmet, clipless pedals, jerseys and shoes, flat kits pump, bottles and cages and all that other good stuff. I would have gotten the Etape if the mgr had not shown me a Tourmalet for a steal of a price....so have no fear....you're doing okay
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Old 07-15-05, 09:28 PM
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I've ridden over 2k miles and my sora bike is still going strong. Now what I need to figure out is how to replace my triple, with a double crank....hehe
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Originally Posted by af2nr
I am picking up my new Lemond Etape on Monday and am curious. I have read SO much about how much better the Tiagra/105 set up is v. Sora/Tiagra. I am getting my bike for $300 less than the bikes with those components, or the ones I looked at anyway, Trek 1200/Lemond Reno. I really don't have that extra $300 to spend either, or I would rather not spend it now. Being as I am brand new in road biking how much of a difference am I going to notice, if any at all at this time. Just trying to get some last minute advice before my purchase. Thanks for all the help!
I almost ended up with the Etape. I got a Giant OCR3 instead. Full Sora, and it shifts great. I think you have nothing to worry about.
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Old 07-16-05, 12:52 AM
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Sora is pretty good. I wouldn't spend another $300 at this point. Maybe a while later when you decide you like riding a lot you might upgrade to a better bike but it's not like it's that important overall. One of my bikes has Sora and I beat people with Ultegra and Dura-Ace so it's not like components contribute that much.
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Old 07-16-05, 01:07 AM
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Sora does well enough and will be fine for you as a new rider.The only probs I had with Sora was with a RD on a Trek 1000. Had to adjust it about two or three times a month if I worked it too hard(I.E.Flats one day, hard hills the next) If I kept to one type of rides it held up well.
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I have no problems with Sora derailleurs on my daily commuter. Haven't adjusted 'em since September or so, and they shift crisply.
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BS. Well tuned sora will shift very, very smoothly and crisply.
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For a variety of reasons, especially the "feel" of the brakes and shifters, I prefer the current Sora to the current 105. The Sora shifters are the only STI shifters I've used that I like as much as the quick, precise shifters Shimano made from 1987 to 1990, before their marketing boys led them down the path to hell and STI.
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This is why I love this place. Thanks for all the great info, I also thought I could get lots of other things for 3 bones. I really didn't think this would be that big a deal just wanted to assure myself. Thanks again everyone!
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Sora owns.
Now you gotta own the road.

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I ride with a friend of mine who is into that whole 'tri' thing. She rides a low end Raleigh road bike with sora components. But when she sets the pace, I struggle to stay in her draft while we pass nice bike after nice bike. As usual, the engine is far more important than the bike. Have fun out there.

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I have read SO much about how much better the Tiagra/105 set up is v. Sora/Tiagra.
Let's guess why they want you to believe that.
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This is my take on Sora components: They work well, but their usefulness depends on your abilities and goals. I ride with a local bike club and I see a bunch of wealthy bikers who have Dura-ace comp. on a kick but frame, etc... but they ride at a 15 mph pace. That's fine if you have the money to spend on parts you don't really need (conspicuous consumption, anyone?), but let's take a look at the more pragmatic (maybe) side of the issue. I just got my masters degree and am heading to law school in the fall, so money is definitely not flowing like a river. My bike is a specialized allez with carbon fork, carbon seatpost, bontrager race stem, sora components with a Tiagra RD, all of which came with the bike. Bought the bike a year ago and despite an unrelated injury that forced me to take 3 months off in the winter, I managed to put 4000 miles on it. And, like many novices, I had upgrade fever from the start. However, I restrained myself and only bought a pair of mavic ksyrium on sale for ~350. This is by far the best upgrade you can make. Immediately my pace increased from 20 mph to 21 mph with no additional effort. So if you're planning on upgrading, that's the place to start. Now my only other upgrade was to change out my pedals for ultegra 6610 SPD-SL. However, for graduation, I was given 105 FD, RD, crankset and 9 spd rear cassette. The crankset is a double instead of my sora triple, 53/39 instead of 52/42/28; much more helpful for spinning up a mountain (I hated the granny gear and never used it passed the first month of riding, though that probably had something to do with ego). I understand the point that its probably better to just by a new bike, but the allez frame feels very nice and I believe the same frame is used for at least one of the more expensive allez models. To not belabor the point much more, I feel that upgrading is fine, even on an entry level bike, especially if you plan on not buying any stock bikes in the future and only frames, like me. For someone of small means, doing everything piecemeal is the only way to go, unless you want to race the same bike for 3 or 4 years with the same components. Plus, its fun building your bike; you learn more by doing, as they say. Just my 2 cents (or was more like $2, given how long this is).
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oops, "butt", not "but"
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