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Tiagra to Ultegra upgrade?

Old 07-29-12, 11:38 AM
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Tiagra to Ultegra upgrade?

I can pick an low mileage 2004 Iron Horse Glory with Ultegra triple shifters, front & rear D, cassette and FSA Gossamer crankset for $300.00.
I am thinking about picking it up to upgrade my already upgraded FELT F90, replacing the Tiagra groupset with the Ultegra/FSA group, putting the Tiagra on the Iron Horse and selling it, is this a worthwhile project? I dig my FELT and intend on riding it into the ground so it will be around for a long time.
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Old 07-29-12, 12:12 PM
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Unless the triple gearing of the Ultegra is better suited than your current Tiagra gearing for the terrain you ride, I wouldn't bother if you have the latest ten speed incarnation of Tiagra (4600?). If you have nine speed Tiagra, it might be fun to lose some weight by switching out the groupset and not be out much, if any, money.
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Old 07-29-12, 12:14 PM
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2004 is probably going to be 9 speed 6500 unless it was updated later. Which Tiagra group do you have? I wouldn't bother trading one 9 speed group for another. You'd probably be better off getting a new 5700 105 or 6700 ultegra bike from BD, and make the swap.
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Old 07-29-12, 12:34 PM
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I switched from 8 speed SORA to 9 speed Tiagra so the 9 speed Ultegra would be an even swap, there is a ton of aluminum frame CAAD love around here but I love my aluminum frame FELT a ton and just want it to be as good as I can make it, this looked like a low cost upgrade to me, espically if I flip the Iron Horse for around the same money.
I guess I'll just ride it until something breaks and change up then.
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Old 07-29-12, 12:49 PM
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For a bit more then $300 you could probably find a used 105 group, I think that would be a more worthwhile upgrade.
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Old 07-29-12, 01:21 PM
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no no no........it is anl old school 9 speed set up, great stuff but unless it is like new dont bother
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Ultegra from 2004 is around the same quality as Tiagra from 2011, possibly even 2010. Shimano trickles its tech down almost every year.

Chances are you will not wind up with any genuine mechanical improvement with the scheme you have in mind. Unless your Felt is also from 2004.
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Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe View Post
Ultegra from 2004 is around the same quality as Tiagra from 2011, possibly even 2010. Shimano trickles its tech down almost every year.

Chances are you will not wind up with any genuine mechanical improvement with the scheme you have in mind. Unless your Felt is also from 2004.
I've heard is was every 3 years, I'm guessing it's closer to 2009 Tiagra. My 2011 Tiagra are 10 spd.
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Old 07-29-12, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Ghost Ryder View Post
I've heard is was every 3 years, I'm guessing it's closer to 2009 Tiagra. My 2011 Tiagra are 10 spd.
Yeah, I'm being a bit conservative.

That said, I'm pretty sure that Tiagra didn't go 10sp until the 2012 model year. I picked up a 2011 model bike, and it came with 9sp Tiagra.
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Last I looked, you could get brand-spanking-new 5700 shifters from Ribble for $177. The current derailleurs should shift fine with 5700 shifters. Toss in a 10-speed cassette and chain, recable, and you're done.
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Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe View Post
Yeah, I'm being a bit conservative.

That said, I'm pretty sure that Tiagra didn't go 10sp until the 2012 model year. I picked up a 2011 model bike, and it came with 9sp Tiagra.
My Tiagra Brifters are 10 spd capable, but I'm using them with a 9 spd setup in one of my CX's.
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