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Upgrading Shifters.....(6 posts)

Upgrading Shifters.....GTrider215
Aug 10, 2001 8:19 AM
Yo, i ride a trek 1000. And as u know it comes with retarded Sora Shifters, and u cant shift from the drops. Well i just want a pair of shifters that i can shift from the drops like in sprinting and stuff. All i want is the cheapest next step up from sora. Would would it be? I think 105 or Tiagra. and how much would the cheapest shimano shifters be? Thanks!

Chris Vedral
re: Upgrading Shifters.....Cliff Oates
Aug 10, 2001 8:33 AM
Sora is 8 speed while Tiagra and points North are 9 speed. I am not wise in the world that is Shimano, but maybe you would have to buy a 9 speed cassette and probably a new chain to go along with the new shifters? I do know that Shimano cassette spline patterns haven't changed in quite a while, so your hubs can probably take a 9 speed cassette.

Cheapest would probably be used. e-Bay would be a good place to get a sense of pricing for used gear.
re: Upgrading Shifters.....MVN
Aug 10, 2001 8:38 AM
I'm about to buy a Trek 1000 soon and my LBS guy told me (after I asked the same question) that I would have to replace the drivetrain since Tiagra and 105 are 9-speed. He told me it would be about $250 extra.
re: Upgrading Shifters.....jtolleson
Aug 10, 2001 8:53 AM
I'm skeptical of the value of upgrading components on an entry level road bike. I think you should just ride until you feel the 1000 has outlived its usefulness to you, then sell. The drive train upgrade will run you like 1/3 of the total price of the bike, and that's not the kind of $$ that will come back to you in resale value.

Spend that $200 difference in buying one or two models up the food chain, and you'll get better components all around, including better WHEELS.
re: Upgrading Shifters.....Trent in WA
Aug 10, 2001 1:08 PM
As far as the usefulness of upgrading goes, I would think it depends in part on how far up the food chain Trek specs the frame. I know that Cannondale and LeMond spec a handful of frames and differentiate between models / price points by means of components. I'm not sure about Trek, though.

I suspect you're right about resale value. If you can afford to upgrade the entire bike, it'd probably be worth it to sell the 1000 and just buy a new bike with 105 components. But if you can't, $250 doesn't sound too bad for an upgrade to 105. Would you be keeping the Sora cranks, though? The stamped-steel chainrings are pretty heavy.

Hope this helps,
re: Upgrading Shifters.....filtersweep
Aug 12, 2001 12:30 PM
I have the same bike- entry level transition from mtn biking... worth the money in the sense that it has provided me with an education for what I want out of a road bike. I upgraded the seat and pedals, and given myself the goal that after 2000 more miles I'll buy a whole new bike that is lighter all the way around. I don't think there are many other upgrades worth doing when you consider that many component groups cost more than the bike itself.