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Old 02-05-11, 04:37 PM
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My 105 shifter broke once in two years of hard abuse. My Rival shifter had to be replaced twice in the first year. My experience is that 105 is probably more durable.

I still prefer to ride with Rival, though. It just feels...more precise. If I'm out of the saddle working hard to hang on going uphill and need a gear, I can just shift without any FUD. I never did get that sense of confidence with 105.
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Just keep drinking the sram kool-aid nothing wrong with 105, updated for 2011
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Just keep drinking the sram kool-aid nothing wrong with 105, updated for 2011
I will, along with the entire professional peleton...
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I will, along with the entire professional peleton...
No prob i will look out for u at next Tour de Fred
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I will, along with the entire professional peleton...
[Ok, this is the part where someone posts: "it's not the bike, it's the rider/engine" ]
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Or when some one posts, it's not about the pro peloton's personal choice, but about sponsorship dollors....

FWIW I drink the Sram kool-aid as well but don't think that the pros ride it (or anything really) by personal preference.
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Actually, it's a fact that 105 shifters don't brake or fail as much as SRAM's do.
Objectively speaking. That makes it better.

stuff breaks. now if it were the case that the majority of people who used it experienced that issue then I'd agree; my Ultegra shifter detonated a month after I bought my bike. Does that mean Shimano makes an inferior product? Not in my opinion, but it detonating and the fact I prefer SRAM's ergonomics and double tap shifting made the change a no brainer for me. YMMV
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Or when some one posts, it's not about the pro peloton's personal choice, but about sponsorship dollors....

FWIW I drink the Sram kool-aid as well but don't think that the pros ride it (or anything really) by personal preference.
Yeah, that one too.

BTW...Vista, CA = Beautiful.
I lived there one winter.
Lucky you.
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No prob i will look out for u at next Tour de Fred
riiiigggghhhht....keep telling yourself that.
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So back to my original point...the OP does not need a new bike...just SRAM
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So back to my original point...the OP does not need a new bike...just SRAM


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Originally Posted by 2ndGen View Post
Yeah, that one too.

BTW...Vista, CA = Beautiful.
I lived there one winter.
Lucky you.
Yeah I just moved back to Vista from NorCal.
NorCal is a beatiful place as well, but it can't compete with days like today:

High 60s, sunny and low wind in the middle of winter
I rode far and/or hard the last three days in the row and I feel bad about taking the day off with this weather...
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OP - The Caad 10 frame will not be significantly better than your current Trek frame.

In fact, the jury is still out whether I think my 2010 Caad 9 is better than the 2003 Specialized E5 aluminum frame it replaced. The Spec. was killed in a crash.

If you want a new bike because you don't like the color, well, that's as valid of a reason as any to buy one. Heck, that was one of the reasons my wife used.

If you're happy with your current frame, just get some new components. Sram AND Shimano make high quality components. Test ride the two and see what you like. I have more than 10,000 miles on my 10-speed Ultegra set up and more than 10,000 miles on my Red set up. Neither have given me any problems or shown a lack of durability, and both groups have survived major crashes.

That said, I prefer the functionality, shape and performance of Sram - you may feel differently, and that is OK.
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