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Beginner question-Are 105 components good enough?(7 posts)

Beginner question-Are 105 components good enough?ridenaz
Sep 5, 2002 10:19 AM
I'm a mountain biker looking to get into road biking also. I'm in good shape, and I ride pretty hard. Will the 105 components hold up, or is it worth it to spend the extra money and get ultegra? My XT stuff on my mountain bike holds up just fine, and it takes a beating, so I figure that road components take less of a beating and a lower model would be fine. Any comments/suggestions are greatly appreciated.
re: Beginner question-Are 105 components good enough?jeph
Sep 5, 2002 10:30 AM
105 is fine, I wouldn't waste my time with Ultegra, go 105 or Dura Ace. IMO Ultegra doesn't function any better than 105 (and, yes, I have owned all three).
re: AbsolutelyMike Prince
Sep 5, 2002 10:42 AM
Components will perform/hold up fine. No reason to spend big bucks at this point if you are just looking to explore the road experience.

Agree with previous post. No huge difference between 105/Ultegra as weight difference and finish quality is minor.

If you want to spend money, pay for a good frame fitting and make sure you get the right frame size.

Have fun!
Ditto thatrtyszko
Sep 5, 2002 12:21 PM
I did the same thing (came from a mtn. bike backgroud into or is that onto the road) and I went with 105. I've run them over 20 K miles and just now the brake levers are starting to malfunction. I suffer from "component lust" so I'm considering upgrading to Ultegra but my sensible side asks "why?" I think that you should spend your money on a nice frame and fit and a nice wheel set, get the 105 group and upgrade when you need to.

Ride on you crazy diamond!

Bob T.
Thanks so far, know any places to find a good used bike? (nm)ridenaz
Sep 5, 2002 12:21 PM
Are you in AZ? (as your name suggests? (nm)rtyszko
Sep 5, 2002 12:26 PM
Tiagra is good enoughniteschaos
Sep 6, 2002 5:51 PM
the 2002 Tiagra works good enough for me. 1000 miles in 2 months and the stuff holds adjustments and shifts just like 105. You can get great tiagra bikes (like Felts for example) for about 300-500 less than 105 bikes. I can take my Felt F75 up against everyone else in the group ride and the result is the same. I beat everyone whose in less condition than me and everyone in better condition beats me. I think your equipment should be to the point that it doesn't get in the way, but not much more. If I had the money I'd probably buy the Cat 5 guy on an Ultimate LS, but right now I'm a college student trying to get into racing.

Tiagra shifts fromt the drops well and is durable. Not loss in performance or operation since new.