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components for recreational cycling(7 posts)

components for recreational cyclingbm
Sep 12, 2002 10:00 PM
just curious, what component groups do recreational cyclists use? what should they use?

if they have enough money, do they buy racing 105 and ultegra?

aren't 105 and ultegra they just racing components or am i over-estimating they're purpose?

in my unprofessional opinion, a recreational cyclist could be wasting those groups.
If you use your car to drive to work...Spoke Wrench
Sep 13, 2002 4:21 AM
Isn't anything more expensive than a Hundae wasted?

Nope, your last name doesn't have to be Andretti to drive a Corvette and you don't have to be a racer to appreciate the crisper operation of the more expensive component groups. That just might be why Shimano decided to make a Dura Ace triple.
re: components for recreational cyclingPEDDLEFOOT
Sep 13, 2002 4:53 AM
I consider myself a recreational cyclist.I ride about 150-200 miles a week so I do put alot of time in the saddle.I purchased my bike with the Sora group and used that for about 2 years.Then I decided to upgrade to 105 because of a deal I couldn't pass up.I was amazed at the difference between the groups.I didn't think that there would be a noticeable difference but there is.Shifting is smoother and quicker.The drive is quiet with very little chatter.If you think you will be riding alot I would suggest you at least get 105.I don't have any experience with Ultegra other than the hubs and BB that I upgraded to.Those are working great also.No problems or worries about those either.From what I've read from reveiws the 105 ders work just as good as Ultegra but a little heavier.But if you don't race it's not an important difference.
Don't know how you define recreational, butscottfree
Sep 13, 2002 5:46 AM
if you mean going for a spin around the park now and then, a few times a month maybe, you'd probably be pissing away money getting a 105 or Ultegra bike. Plenty of Sora or Tiagra bikes would do you just fine.

And the plain fact of the matter is, Sora or Tiagra is pretty good stuff that works pretty well, and just about anyone not racing would do OK with them (the aethetic experience wouldn't be as satisfying, but the rides would get done).

I'm not sure at what point in your riding you 'need' 105 or better. It may be when you ask yourself the question. If you're knowledgeable enough and serious enough to be worried about whether you have an adequate component group, you'd probably be happier with something at the upper end.
what should they use?Fez
Sep 13, 2002 6:56 AM
whatever makes them happy.

When new and well adjusted, they all do the job. Functionally, DA, Ultegra, 105, and Tiagra are all 9 speed. Sora is 8 and has different style levers.

The choice isn't that simple. With prebuilt bikes you also have to look at the other parts, not just the component package. Notice that the frame, fork, stem, bars, headset, seatpost, saddle, wheelset, tires, etc. can be different as well. That can make a difference more than what component group is on there.

But if you COULD just specify which group you want, ask yourself a few questions. Do you ride competitively? Do you care about your speed? Will you in the near future? Is your mileage greater than 1,000 miles per year? Do you get upgrade fever?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you probably could go for something higher end. Otherwise, any of the groups will do the job.

I think 105 is the best value Shimano road group. Incorporates most of the design and engineering of the top 2 groups, but at a slight weight penalty and subjectively the finish isn't as nice.
Get a Merak and go with Record 10. It works recreationally. (nm)onespeed
Sep 13, 2002 7:07 AM
Most probably ride lower than 105 groups.Quack
Sep 13, 2002 7:55 AM
I think your average bike comes with the half plastic/half low-grade alloy components. But that doesn't mean that you don't deserve to ride finer parts. My take on it has always been that the smoother your bike works, the better it feels, the more you will want to ride it. Going with some low-end mis-shifting bike from Wal-Mart will likely not make you want to ride.

I would recommend the 105 group if you can afford it. The parts work as well as the upper models in the line at a slight weight disadvantage. One nice benefit to higher end groups is that they typically have no steel in them to rust from sitting in damp sheds and garages. If you want to go 10 years on the same build, go with the 105.