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Sora shiftersJFarley
Dec 2, 2001 11:40 AM
I am a 42 yr. old fitness rider. I ride about 2500 miles a year. I have a trek 2120 triple chainring bike that is all 105 equipped with bar-end shifters. I am considering trying a set of 8 speed sora shifters. Are they decent quality? I don't want to spend the money for an entire 9 speed upgrade because the 8 works fine for me. I do think I'd like to try some STI shifters though.
re: Sora shiftersjtolleson
Dec 2, 2001 12:01 PM
My gut reaction is probably to skip it.

Bar end shifters are reliable workhorses, if not the latest and greatest. They are also very lightweight Of all the STI shifters, Sora is the most maligned in terms of weight and function (shifting from the drops is a problem).

Hold out for a set of 105's if you want new shifters. They turn up on eBay with some regularity. Double check compatibility (and I'm no whiz on that) because I'm assuming that your old 2120 is a 7-spd. rear.
re: Sora shiftersJFarley
Dec 2, 2001 12:09 PM
Thanks for the reply. My 105 group is 8 speed.
re: Sora shiftersmclements
Dec 2, 2001 2:59 PM
I think the differences in componentry are overrated. Past a certain basic level of quality available on any decent bike, all components work well when adjusted properly. I've worked with everything from steel crap to Campy SR and Dura Ace and I can tell you that Sora works perfectly when adjusted properly.

The only problem you might find with Sora is not durability but ergonomics. The "up" shift levers are on the inside of the brake lever housing, so you can't reach them from the drops. If that's a problem for you, look for an older 8-speed version of 105.

Good luck,
re: Sora shiftersJFarley
Dec 2, 2001 4:36 PM
Thanks for the reply. Shifting from the drops will not be a problem for me since I will never reace and 99% of my riding will be on the hoods. My concern is being able to shift better on climbs especially while standing. I also want them to be durable.
re: Sora shiftersslomo
Dec 7, 2001 6:58 PM
IMHO rsx or rx100 are preferrable, for about the same price. They operate like the other sti's in the Shimano line. I think they are last years models but can still be found, usually discounted to clear.If you have a triple ring you must get a designated triple shifter.(they come as double or triple).
re: Sora shiftersjakart
Dec 8, 2001 5:38 PM
Dear Fitness rider, I was the same as you and started with Soras. As my fitness increased I found that the drops became a place where I spent a fair amount of time. Now I own the 105's and I am very happy with them. Needless to say I have some sora 8 speed tripples available... If you interested drop me a line.
Jack Kirkpatrick