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RSX/Tiagra/105 comparisons...(?)(4 posts)

RSX/Tiagra/105 comparisons...(?)BoneDigger
May 7, 2001 8:50 PM
I have a 1998 Cannondale with 7 speed RSX components. I am considering upgrading to either Tiagra or 105 in the next few months. Is there a noticeable difference in these components? Is Tiagra any different/better than RSX? Is 105 significantly better than Tiagra? As a background, I am amountain bike racer and only use my road bike for training and for a few occassional tours. I average around 7-8 hours/week on the road bike. I know I definitely should go 9 speed, but am not sure if upgrading to 105 is necessary if I'm not racing. I have a 105 crankset and front derrailer and thought I'd hang on to the RSX brakes. This would leave the rest of the drivetrain to change (and the rear hub for 9 speed). I appreciate the input...

Todd
re: What's the point....Skeptic
May 8, 2001 7:22 AM
....if it's not broke and you are not racing.I'm still using 7 and 8 speed with no intention of 'upgrading' to 9.If ya got an excess money problem,just send it to me.If ya just hafta do it, at least do 105 9 speed.
re: RSX/Tiagra/105 comparisons...(?)muncher
May 8, 2001 9:15 AM
105 = lot better than Tiagra. Do it 105/9 or not worth it unless current stuff failing. Or, cheaper still, find a 105 7 speed derail, and use with RSX shifters. I had this on R600 for 3 years and worked great.

Hope that helps.
I love 9-speed cassettes on my road bike.Spoke Wrench
May 8, 2001 12:27 PM
I find that I appreciate the extra gear more on a flat ride than when I ride hills. I ride flood plain areas, which are pancake flat, quite a bit. The 9-speed cassette always gives me a gear that is in the "sweet spot" where I'm neither pedaling too fast nor having to push too hard on the pedals.

If you ride your road bike 7 or 8 hours per week, I suspect you'll find it significantly more fun with the 105 9-speed.