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Tiagra vs 105(6 posts)

Tiagra vs 105cdnrider
Sep 9, 2002 12:52 PM
In the market for a quick road / path bike. Really liked the ride on the Cannondale Road Warrior 900. Don't know too much about the quality of the C'dale brand components, but heard the CAAD frames are good and it has Shimano 105 components which I found very smooth. While shopping for a good deal on end of the final 2002s I came across a 2002 Trek 7700 FX. Very similar ride but it has Tiagra components. I didn't find the shifting nearly as good, but dealer did not tune the gears (as was the case with the C'dale) before I test rode. Bottom line, the Trek (which normally retails around the same price as the C'dale) is on liquidation for $600 less. Any thoughts to the overall quality of these components/bikes? Heart says Cannondale, but wallet is screaming Trek....

Thanks all..
re: Tiagra vs 105No_sprint
Sep 9, 2002 12:58 PM
Really short and incomplete comment here. Buy the bike for frame and fit. Anything else is replaceable, however, when you start to change entire groupsets, doing it later will cost you more money. My suggestion is get the best frame you can. Anyway, at the level you're talking about, aside from the groupset, the savings are likely largely coming at the expense of your wheels. If you'e getting a Tiagra bike, the wheels are likely beastly and heavy. Compare the wheels, not only frame/fork and groupset.
On Tiagraczardonic
Sep 9, 2002 1:08 PM
$600 for a Tiagra equipped 2002 is a damn good deal. I have a Tiagra equipped CAAD4, and have had not problems with shifting smoothness.

Check out this post for another opinion: niteschaos "Beginner question-Are 105 components good enough?" 9/6/02 6:51pm

Bottom line, well tuned Tiagra won't hold you back.
$600 *less* than the Cdale, not $600 total. nm.fbg111
Sep 9, 2002 1:16 PM
oops (nm).czardonic
Sep 9, 2002 1:32 PM
Have bothMudman
Sep 9, 2002 1:17 PM
I have Tiagra on one and 105 on the other. Outside of weight, the shifters is where I noticed the most difference.
The Tiagra felt cheap, but works just fine.

I am slowly upgrade the 105 bike to Ulterga and will put the 105 stuff on the Tiagra bike.

Get the best you can for what you budgeted for. If you have go into debt for the Cadd buy the Trek.