Shimano Shootout: 105 vs Tiagra: Should You Upgrade?

Shimano 105 vs tiagra

Road riders are very particular about the function and feel of their drivetrain, braking, and shifting mechanisms, a collection of components known as a group, groupset, or “gruppo,” if your love of Italian cycling affectations was never sullied by Breaking Away.

Shimano has built a reputation for building superb groups with technology that trickles down from one elite generation of Dura Ace components, down through Ultegra, 105 [one oh five], Tiagra, Sora, and the humble Claris line.

Our focus is in the middle of that lineup, 105 and Tiagra, and how choosing one of those options over the other might best serve the discerning and budget-conscious cyclist.

Is it worth the upgrade to 105 or does Tiagra fit the bill? Let’s take a closer look. 

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7 Ridiculously Simple Upgrades to Make Your Bike Feel Like New

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There’s nothing sweeter than that first ride on a new bike. Your hands settle into a comfortable groove on the bars as your feet march into a smooth rhythm. You seek out a punchy climb only to feel the bike lead ahead with a weightless acceleration.  

But what happens when the honeymoon period is over? We’ll always love our bikes, but how do we get that initial spark back?

What are the best bicycle upgrades? Here are seven tips to help bring back that new bike feeling — without the hefty price tag.  

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