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ultegra vs tiagra cassette

Old 08-09-09, 08:30 PM
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ultegra vs tiagra cassette

Are you guys able to notice a big difference between say a tiagra 9 speed cassette and an ultegra cassette with the same ratios?
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Old 08-09-09, 08:31 PM
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wear and tear maybe. otherwise, meh.
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Quicker shifting, and better ability to find the right gear. Less separation between gears.
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Ultegra's shifting is just immaculate. Immediate, and precise
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It's so immaculate that Shimano made Dura Ace with a cassette that's even immaculater.
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Tiagra will feel like a boat anchor, you'll have fewer gear inches for identical gears, and it'll rattle and jump like crazy.







Not really, I can't imagine a "feelable" difference.
I use SRAM cassette with my Ultegra setup and it's super quiet and shifts silky smooth.
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The Tiagra one has cooties, which can cause the frame to warp.
And they don't last quite as long as Ultegra because of a softer alloy.
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Tiagra is like Viagra, If it last longer than four hours-you should probably call someone.
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no noticable difference although tiagra cassettes are probably harder to find. 105 cassettes are cheap and easily found too.
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Tiagra shifts smoother than Ultegra. Not as precise and fast though.
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Faster this, smoother that - yeah, maybe. One thing you *will* notice is the Ultegra cassette is going to last much, much longer.
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Originally Posted by kergin View Post
Faster this, smoother that - yeah, maybe. One thing you *will* notice is the Ultegra cassette is going to last much, much longer.
Not necessarily. The Tiagra cassette has steel cogs that'll last a long time. The difference is protective coating on the cogs and the quality of the inter-cog spacers, as well as a weight penalty.

That said, they'll both shift fine. And if your budget isn't compatible with Ultegra-level pricing, Tiagra or 105 work great as substitutes (as do the aforementioned SRAM cassettes, which are well-made and work seamlessly with Shimano drivetrains).
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I have Tiagra and Dura-Ace, and while Dura-Ace shifts much *smoother*, I do not believe there's any difference in the actual time it takes to shift.

If you have any doubts I would go with 10 speed 105. I assume you're talking about new components - Sora and Tiagra are 9 speed, and 105 and up are 10 speed. In other words, Tiagra and Ultegra shifters and related components aren't compatible.
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Old 08-12-09, 07:29 PM
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i have had both. ultegra 9 speed cassettes are still available. the main difference is that about half of the larger cogs on the ultegra cassette are on alloy carriers, lighter and a little stiffer.

if you want a 12-27, then you have to go ultegra or dura ace in 9 speed
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