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Are 105 Components a MUST or Will This Cannondale Be Ok?

Old 05-27-11, 09:24 AM
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Are 105 Components a MUST or Will This Cannondale Be Ok?

I find myself really liking the Cannondale line of bikes and am ready to get my first road bike (I have done Mountain Biking for a long time). I plan on riding for exercise and fun at least 2-3 days per week.

My main question is, do I really NEED 105 components? For example, I really like this Cannondale (Synapse 6) and it's a decent price but it doesn't have 105's.

https://www.rei.com/webservices/rei/D...:referralID=NA

Will not having 105's really make that much of a difference? It's a $300 jump to the model with 105's and I'd rather not spend the money, especially with everything else I need to buy.

So if I don't go for the 105's, is my bike going to stop working in 3 months or have issues or am I most likely ok?
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Old 05-27-11, 09:33 AM
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Get the bike with the better equipment that you can afford. And, no, you do not need 105 components. They are nicer than most but not an absolute need. However, it MAY(keyword being, MAY) keep you from having upgrade fever. Sora and Tiagra components are under rated and usually scoffed at, but they are reliable and works well.
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Old 05-27-11, 09:42 AM
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I see plenty of people riding wiht Tiagra, and even Sora. Their bikes don't seem to be falling apart, or hindering them.
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IIRC, you were also looking at the Scattante in another thread. Get the Scat and use the savings to buy accessories.
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If you like the Cannondale, get it. Having the bike you like is going to inspire you to ride it, and Tiagra is not going to fall apart on you. Chances are, if you start to really get into it, you'll catch the upgrade bug long before any of those components wear out (years from now).
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i really like my bike with sora. it's holding up fine and i don't have any shifting problems. (knock on wood). but i only put 150 miles on my bike so far so who knows. i'm sure if i rode a bike with a 105 set then i would probably want to upgrade bad, which is why i refuse to try out my friend's bike. lol.
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Old 05-27-11, 09:54 AM
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imo.Tiagra components are pretty good.What wheels are on it
I've seen the spec.The next upgrade would be the wheels and tires before anything,although they are perfectly ok if you're not racing

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Originally Posted by brundle_fly View Post
imo.Tiagra components are pretty good.
Yes.

(I have 4+k on Tiagra brifters and fd.)
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Originally Posted by wcHHMiB6 View Post
... I plan on riding for exercise and fun at least 2-3 days per week.
Key words here.

So if I don't go for the 105's, is my bike going to stop working in 3 months or have issues or am I most likely ok?
Highly doubtful, as my bikes range from 24 to 33 YEARS old, and they're still working just fine.

The real question here is: how much money do YOU want to spend ? Frankly, if you're just moving into road riding for the first time, I'd suggest you buy a used bike. That way, if you don't like it, you can probably recoup ALL of your investment.
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Old 05-27-11, 10:10 AM
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Tiagra is just fine.

Shimano trickles down their component range, so today's Tiagra is very close in quality to yesterday's 105. Anyone who recommended 105 a few years ago ought to be just fine with recommending Tiagra today.
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Originally Posted by wcHHMiB6 View Post
I find myself really liking the Cannondale line of bikes and am ready to get my first road bike (I have done Mountain Biking for a long time). I plan on riding for exercise and fun at least 2-3 days per week.

My main question is, do I really NEED 105 components? For example, I really like this Cannondale (Synapse 6) and it's a decent price but it doesn't have 105's.

https://www.rei.com/webservices/rei/D...:referralID=NA

Will not having 105's really make that much of a difference? It's a $300 jump to the model with 105's and I'd rather not spend the money, especially with everything else I need to buy.


So if I don't go for the 105's, is my bike going to stop working in 3 months or have issues or am I most likely ok?
I've ridden a 105 equipped roadbike a few years ago, compared to my current bike's Tiagra components;
the 105 was a bit smoother to shift.

My current bike with Tiagra brakes/shifters and front der with 105 rear der is still holding up after 1 and a half
years of ownership. I commute about 100 miles per week, and go another 30-40 miles on Saturdays.
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Old 05-27-11, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
Get the bike with the better equipment that you can afford. And, no, you do not need 105 components. They are nicer than most but not an absolute need. However, it MAY(keyword being, MAY) keep you from having upgrade fever. Sora and Tiagra components are under rated and usually scoffed at, but they are reliable and works well.
Yep. If you decide to upgrade in the future it will cost more than $300. You won't ever regret getting the better equipment.
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Old 05-27-11, 10:20 AM
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Tiagra should be perfect for what you plan on doing. Go for it!
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Old 05-27-11, 10:30 AM
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If you rode Tiagra and 105 on identical bikes, you might notice they are different, but I bet you couldn't tell which was which. Both will likely last as long as you ride that bike. The only question is if that is a good price for that equipment.
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
sora and tiagra components are under rated and usually scoffed at, but they are reliable and works well.
+1k
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Old 05-27-11, 10:36 AM
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I have one bike that has an old Sora 7speed components with many miles and everything is still working fine (12yrs?).
I think the biggest gripe is not being able to shift from the hoods. But that's not really a concern to me.

If you like that bike, go for it.
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Old 05-27-11, 10:48 AM
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Tiagra is a workhorse IMO. No problem with that stuff if you're not a weight weenie.
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You don't need 105's, but the more time you spend on this forum the more likely you are going to be dissatisfied with the Tiagra, regardless of how well the Tiagra actually performs.
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You don't need 105's, but the more time you spend on this forum the more likely you are going to be dissatisfied with the Tiagra, regardless of how well the Tiagra actually performs.
+1

then again, you could always put on blinders and ignore everything and enjoy the shifters you have... I found the better investment was a tighter cassette... the biggest upgrade in the riding is the tight shifting without cadence jumps... on my sora set with 8speed I was frustrated with the 26-12 cassette and went to the 23-12 and loved the change... perhaps if you do become less satisfied you can take a leap like this.
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Ever ride Alivio mtb stuff? Did it suck?
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Tiagra is more than fine. it's a significant jump over Sora and 2300. People generally say to go for 105 because it is a 10 speed group, which means that you don't have to buy the entire drivetrain in order to upgrade in the future. I'm oversimplifying, of course, but you get the idea.
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Ever ride Alivio mtb stuff? Did it suck?
I have, and it did develop some problems with age. The front derailleur did not move smoothly and the rear derailleur could only be adjusted to shift smoothly going up or down, but not both. I also have that problem with my Deore rear derailleur today.
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I've got 3400 miles on a Sora/Tiagra equipped Felt. No problems so far.
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Tiagra is fine. I have Tiagra and a friend of mine has Ultegra and there isn't much difference for the casual rider.
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I raced collegiately on tiagra this year, didn't have one problem. Top of the line groupsets just a few years ago were nine speed and honestly I'm glad I didn't get anything better to start with. I tried out a teammates new 105 (with the hidden cables) and didn't like how it shifted compared to my Tiagra. Buy what you think will make you happy, and ride the piss outta your bike!
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