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Road Newbie Component QuestionFL_Rider
Jul 29, 2003 3:54 AM
I joust bought a 03 TREK 1000 for Road training to help my MTB racing.
The TREK cam with a 8spd SORA parts. I have no issues with 8spd or the SORA parts except for the fact that I would like to shift from the drops. It's not that bad but if I decided to do some real road work or some Duathlons and stuff, I would like this feature.

So my question is, should I just upgrade to Tiagra or for a few bucks more make the jump to 105 parts? I will eventually get a better frame and get into road riding more. Cost is really not an issue on the 105 as I am a dealer. BUT getting a 105 upgrade set from Performance with 20% off coupon is about the same as going with Tiagra.

Would 105 be overkill on this frame? It would be nice to already have some decent parts when I get a nicer frame next year or two.

Thanks for any suggestions and opinions!
re: Road Newbie Component Questiontook
Jul 29, 2003 6:16 AM
might as well get the ultegra if you plan on keeping them for a while. ultegra tends to be more durable. only $20 bucks more is worth it for longevity. not sure how they'd work on 8 spd cassette/chain/derailleur though...I have DA 9 spd shifters and sometimes i can get it to work w/ an 8 speed cassette, sometimes not.

i'd save the dough and use the sora's 'till they bust. if i'm in the drops i'm usually sprinting or going downhill pretty fast--in both situations there's usually not a lot of shifting going on.
re: Road Newbie Component Questionbriburke
Jul 29, 2003 11:16 AM
If it's the same cost for 105 as for Tiagra, I can't think of a reason not to go with the 105. Who cares if it's overkill for the bike, it's a better value at the same price.

I hear your pain on shifting with Sora - my first bike had one, and I found it a real inconvience to not be able to shift from the drops - especially when descending. But, it gave me a good 2500+ miles, so I got my worth from it.

But, when are you thinking about upgrading the frame? If you're not racing before that, then I'd wait to get a whole new bike. I had no problems with the 8spd Sora for the year I rode it...just the inconvience. When I upgraded bikes (Giant OCR3 to TCR1) the frame was amazingly different.

-Brian