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Cheap Road Components (not junk)(4 posts)

Cheap Road Components (not junk)ZeGopha
Feb 9, 2003 11:14 AM
As a triathlete possibly having to drop the running due to injury I have been looking for cheap road bike options. Frames and wheels seem to be readily avalible for cheap, but I keep getting stuck on components. Looking at ebay I've seen ultegra build kits in the $400-$500 range, but that is still a bit much. Does anybody know where to get cheaper say, 105 component kits? I currently have a tri-bike so I guess there is no hope building it for road racing. Does anybody know where to get cheap stuff?
Nothing wrong with 105 or even Tiagra...cory
Feb 10, 2003 8:37 AM
I'm using mostly 105 (w/some Deore XT) on my built-cheap Atlantis, and I've had no trouble at all in about 4000 miles. Shifts fine, just does what it's supposed to do.
A couple of friends have Tiagra-equipped Specialized something-or-others (I don't pay any attention to those faddish things since I got a REAL bike...), and they've had to replace the shifters. But they both ride a lot more than I do--at least weekly centuries in summer, and several multi-hour rides a week even this time of year.
re: Cheap Road Components (not junk)HillRepeater
Feb 10, 2003 9:09 AM
I have two road bikes - one set up with full Dura Ace and one set up with full 105. The Dura Ace stuff is lighter, smoother and prettier, but when it comes to functionality, the 105 is capable of shifting the gears, stoping you and getting the power to the ground just as well.

I've got about 5k road miles and probably 2k sweaty trainer miles on the 105 stuff, and it's held up flawlessly. The DA stuff is (really) nice to have, but the 105 works more than well enough for me.
re: Cheap Road Components (not junk)scorpionking
Feb 10, 2003 7:59 PM
I rode a friends Sora equipped bike the other day and it shifted flawlessly, yes flawlessly. I won't comments on Sora's durability because I have never owned it for a period of time. However, the plain truth is almost all the new Campy and Shimano groups right down the line shift and perform great if properly tuned. All the crap you hear about needing Dura Ace, Chorus or record to get smooth shifts is a load of bull. All you are essentially paying for is minor, very minor in the big scheme of things weight savings for the most part. Yeah, there may be some minor differences too in design, but the fact remains, almost all the modern stuff works great when its well cared for and properly maintained. I know guys who are serious racers who have put 20K miles on 105 stuff and it hasn't failed them so don't buy into all the hype in here that unless you spend almost $1000 on a grouppo it won't work, bunch of bull , hype and salesmen bull sheot in here.