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Tiagra Bike(8 posts)

Tiagra BikePBLed
Jul 10, 2002 12:06 PM
What is the best value on a good bike with tiagra components, and would this be good enough to start racing if you are on a college budget, or would you have to upgrade?
re: Tiagra BikeCHRoadie
Jul 10, 2002 1:01 PM
As I understand it (and don't quote me), the reason you don't see racers using Tiagra is that you can't shift from the drops, whereas you can with 105 and up.
re: Tiagra Bikeraboboy
Jul 10, 2002 1:23 PM
hmm... maybe they have small hands? I can shift from my drops.

Anyways... I got a cannondale r500 (caad4) with tiagra on a year end close-out deal for just under $1000. Trek 1200 is similarly priced, and so is the giant ocr2 or 3.
That's Soralaffeaux
Jul 10, 2002 2:02 PM
Tiagra shifts the same as 105.

If that's all you can afford then you can make it work.
re: id scrape together any pennies you can find for 105collinsc
Jul 10, 2002 2:25 PM
IMO the tiagra stuff just doesnt cut it if youre riding hard and racing fast. My buddy has tiagra on his bike, and compared to my 105 (both of us budget college racer types) if shifts slower and sloppier. 105 flicks into gear with much more precision and much less recluctance.

Now Im sure someone here will say that his bike is just adjusted poorly, but i would dissagree as we have been up and down that bike numorous times. If you can find any deal on 105, get it.
Jul 10, 2002 8:36 PM
Tiagra stuff is alright if you dont have a whole lot of money to spend (although the price difference between tiagra and 105 is pretty slim). If you are planning to do any racing, however, you will DEFINITELY want to ride with better components than Tiagra.

The Tiagra front derailleur is particularly troublesome. I ended up TT'ing the last half of a 50 mile collegiate road race this spring after I couldn't shift into my big ring during big a surge that strung out the peleton. I had the derailleur satisfactorily adjusted before the race, yet it managed to work itself loose somehow over the course of 20 some miles of racing. By the time I got into my big ring it didnt even matter since I was no longer going fast enough to push the gear. I stayed in it anyway trying to catch up but i didn't have it in me that day, shifted back down when I realized I'd lost, and rode the rest of the race w/nothing but the rocks and sage brush of beautiful eastern washington to keep me company.

Even if you are a really strong rider, don't bother with that kind of shit unless you absolutely have to. 105 is worth the extra $$ is selling Raleigh R700s'..........STEELYeyed
Jul 10, 2002 5:32 PM
with full Ultegra for $1195,that has got to be one of the best bargain bikes out there. Just my opinion,others may vary.
Training makes the biggest differenceniteschaos
Jul 11, 2002 8:14 AM
I have a Tiagra bike and I win my group rides because I train more than anyone else in the group. If you want to win, just get the best you can afford that won't fail on you and focus on training. As you wear out the Tiagra you can replace with 105. After 300 miles my Tiagra BB is starting to creek, so I'm upgrading in a while to 105, but maybe you'll have better luck. It's cheapest when you upgrade what you were going to have to replace anyways. By the way I'm a college student too.