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Are new 105 shifters worth buying to replace about 7 year old Tiagra?

Old 09-23-10, 02:30 AM
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Are new 105 shifters worth buying to replace about 7 year old Tiagra?

What do you all think?
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Probably, assuming the speeds match (9 speed).
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New 105 is 10-spd so that won't be a match. Though replacing the cassette and rear derailleur won't be too expensive, so I'd get that into the upgrade package as well. Just my humble opinion.
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I need it to be noticeable or no reason to upgrade. Might look better though.
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Originally Posted by pdoggiedog17
I need it to be noticeable or no reason to upgrade. Might look better though.
Noticeable: 10-spd instead of 9-spd which means a wider spread in gears. Next to that 105 should be slightly better qualitywise than Tiagra.
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I've not used the New 105 myself but most reviews I've read put it very close in quality and functionality to last year's Ultegra group. I do use the last year's Ultegra group and it was a very nice upgrade compared to the Tiagra that come on my 2010 bike.
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New 105 shifts much better than the old gray Tiagra stuff. Unquestionably.
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If you buy the rd and cassette, the shifters are definitely worth it.
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it's worth it, go buy.
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If its in the budget, I wouldn't think twice. 105 is good stuff, and always has been. I sold my 9sp 5500 105 shifters and derailleurs a few years ago, and got more for them than I paid when new. Can't beat that.

To clarify, are you looking at 5600 or 5700?
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Yes
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Why are you even thinking about this? Tiagra shifters blow hard...
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Originally Posted by bensky
Why are you even thinking about this? Tiagra shifters blow hard...
Now that's a bit dramatic. Maybe it's not all that elegant, but Tiagra does its job just fine.
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Now that's a bit dramatic. Maybe it's not all that elegant, but Tiagra does its job just fine.
This.

But yeah, get the 105 and enjoy.
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Originally Posted by bensky
Why are you even thinking about this? Tiagra shifters blow hard...
Meh. They're not Ultegra, but they work reliably ... in the back. My cross bike has Tiagra brifters on 105s, and I wouldn't pay for a new set of shifters for it.
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Just look for Ultegra brifters on sale rather than pay full retail for 105. Will be about the same price. New 105 (5700) doesn't seem to be on discount very often.

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And you won't need a new RD, just a cassette and spacer.
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I'd say yes...and while your at it you might as well just upgrade everything else too
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That depends if the Tiagra are broken.
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If you're going to replace shifters, cassette and
derailler + a chain (might as well put a new chain on a new cassette),
you might as well buy a whole 105 group for near the same money.

In other words, if you're not going to go all the way, just replace with a pair of Tiagra shifters IMO.
And, if the shifters are worn, you can pretty much bet everything else is going to need replacing soon too.

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I've got the whole 5700 seris 105 group and I love it. so much better than my older set up. of tiagra.
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Thanks you all.
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