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Hows this- Sora shifters with 8 sp. Ultegra cass.?(5 posts)

Hows this- Sora shifters with 8 sp. Ultegra cass.?mdewitt71
May 26, 2003 11:22 PM
Thinking of building my wife a road bike we are both avid MTBers and I have gotten into road riding last year.
Got a sweet deal on a Ultegra 8 speed cassette and Sora Shifters. Thinking of building a light 16 speed setup.
Will it with a 53/39 Crankset make a pretty good geared bike?
re: Hows this- Sora shifters with 8 sp. Ultegra cass.?kneebreaker
May 27, 2003 1:50 AM
i bought my sister a sora bike last summer. only the sora shift with the thumb. with all other shimano road shifters you use your fingers. she got a thumb ache because of the shifters. i road her bike and the shifing was really bad. it reminded me of a freinds acera mtb bike. get the 105 or tiagra shifters instead.
re: Hows this- Sora shifters with 8 sp. Ultegra cass.?geeker
May 27, 2003 5:42 AM
My bike has old 8sp stuff. The Dura-Ace right lever recently died, and I replaced it with a Sora lever (changing to all 9sp was too expensive, and NOS D-A 8sp levers are pricey). Current combination is Sora right lever, 600 rear derailler, XT 12-28 cassette (I live in a very hilly area). The Sora shifting action is defintely adequate for my recreational riding, though not as smooth as the high-end stuff, and I actually *prefer* the thumb-shifting action (sort of like Campy). Can't comment on how an all-Sora setup would shift.
Sheldon Brown thinksgeeker
May 27, 2003 11:38 AM
that Sora is pretty good. If you look in newsgroup archives, you can find posts like the following:

http://tinyurl.com/csg7

Some cyclocross racers in my area use Sora equipment (cheaper to replace if it gets bashed in crashes) and say that it works pretty well.
I kind of agreejtolleson
May 27, 2003 1:30 PM
My only experience with Sora was a week-long Trek 1000 rental on vacation last year. I probably put about 150 on the bike. I liked it MUCH more than I expected (the shifting, not the teeth rattling frame). That rental clearly had plenty of abuse, given its aesthetic condition, but the drivetrain never let me down (flat on a shoulderless narrow highway was my only letdown...).

I can't claim to be a Sora expert, but it seems unfairly maligned for what it is. Kinda reminds me of how folks used to criticize RSX, which I consider one of the great workhorses of the 1990s.