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Old 09.03.2009, 21:09
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Shimano Tiagra vs Shimano 105

Hi!

After a great last summer full of mountain biking, I have decided to give road cycling a try.

Most of the entry level bikes seem to be equipped with Shimano Tiagra sets, and every salesperson/enthusiast I talked to strongly recommends to avoid them and go for the 105 instead.

Any thought about it? Is there really such a difference?

Any tip on entry level bikes? I was looking at:

- Price Sport
- Specialized Allez
- Trek 1.7

Thanks a lot!

PS if anyone wants to meet for a ride in ZH, I'd be glad to join and have the chance to learn!
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Old 09.03.2009, 21:15
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Re: Shimano Tiagra vs Shimano 105

I was in a similar predicament last year. In the end I decided that an Ultergra groupset would probably serve me better. I got a previous years bike with an ultegra group set on Chain Reaction Cycles for about the same price as the 105 bikes available in the shops here.

Figure out what size you need and then shop around.
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Old 09.03.2009, 21:25
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Re: Shimano Tiagra vs Shimano 105

I'd second Eire's post. Now is a good time to look for last years bikes on sale. You will often get better equipment than buying a current bike. And often they only change the coluor anyway. As for the specific question, yes in my view 105 is a better series - although I am a Campagnolo man myself.
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