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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16 Best Bike Computers of 2017: Definitive Buying Guide For Every Budget

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Jumping into the world of bike computers is a bit like getting your first smartphone. You can’t see what all the fuss is about, then you get one and never look back. But with a huge number of makes and models on offer, finding the one that suits you best can be tough.

Thankfully, we’ve done the hard work for you. We’ve reviewed sixteen of the most popular and reliable bike computers across a range of categories. Whether you’re buying your first bike computer or looking to upgrade, here’s our buyer’s guide and round-up of the best bike computers for 2017.

If you just want to compare the statistics, then jump straight to our comparison table below.

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Garmin Edge 520 vs 820: Who Wins the Best GPS Battle?

Garmin 520 vs 820

Garmin has dominated the bike computer market for years, so if you’re looking to invest in a new computer, likelihood is you’ll be looking at their range. But which of their (many) products is the right one for you?

Today we’re pitting two of Garmin’s most popular and advanced models against each other: in the red corner, we have the Edge 520, and, challenging in the blue corner, is the Edge 820.

These are not basic GPS units – they’re designed to be advanced training and performance tools. If you’re just starting out cycling and looking for a basic unit to track your rides, then I’d recommend the cheaper, more basic Edge 25. But if you’re a Strava addict or want to monitor your power numbers, then you are in the right place.

So, without further ado, let’s get down to business.

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How to Choose the Best Cycling GPS: The Garmin 820 vs 1000

Garmin 820 vs 1000

So, you’re in the market for a new bike computer and you want the best that money can buy? While you may have considered other computer manufacturers, your eye keeps on straying back to Garmin.

The only trouble is, the top-of-the-range Garmin Edge 1000 is no longer the newest and brightest model on the catwalk. In fact, it’s starting to look a little bit dated now that the 820 is clawing its way up to the number one podium spot. The 820 is also a cheaper model, though you can still snag a deal on the 1000.

So are the days of the Edge 1000 numbered? Or is the Edge 820 just a bit too good to be true? Read on as we pit these two kings of the bike computer world against each other to figure out which is the best buy for you.

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The Best Direct-Drive Trainer? Elite Drivo Long-Term Review

Elite Drivo Review

When you think of high end, direct drive trainers, two names instantly come to mind: Tacx Neo and Wahoo KICKR. As a record number of riders do battle on Zwift, the big players in the smart trainer market have finally stepped up to answer the call with some heavy hitters.

While Tacx touted their near-silent Neo and Wahoo claimed a true-to-life ride experience, Elite released the Drivo, a behemoth — built like a tank — with near perfect power accuracy. But is the Elite Drivo a third party contender or a worthy candidate for the best direct drive trainer?

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Get Fast! How to Find the Best Wheels for Your Road Bike

 

Best Road Bike Wheels

 

Eddie Merckx said it’s better to ride up grades than to buy upgrades, but if you’re looking for an instant performance boost, a new wheelset is your best bet. Use this guide as your cheat sheet to navigate different wheel materials, decide on rim depth and width and pair the best road bike wheels with your terrain and cycling goals.

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11 Amazing Bike Lights: How to Choose the Right Light

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Updated 10/5/17

Whether you’re a commuter or a cyclist looking to add some fun and fitness after work, bike lights are essential accessories. Their use doesn’t have to be reserved for after dark. Since 80% of cycling accidents occur during the day, adding lights to your daytime use is also a bright idea.

Fortunately the latest LED lights are unobtrusive, fairly inexpensive and easy to use and recharge. Here are the best bicycle lights to see and be seen.

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Lazer Z1 Review: The Swiss Army Knife of Helmets

lazer z1 review

Updated 9/30/17

Helmet hair. Helmet head. Forgoing a helmet altogether.

It’s rare for cyclists to display much love for their lids. And for good reason. There’s nothing worse than an uncomfortable or ill-fitting helmet rattling your skull for hours. The best helmet is one you forget about until you actually need it.

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GoPro Hero4 Black vs Silver: Find Your Perfect Action Camera

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If you’re looking to add an action camera to your cycling set-up, you can’t go wrong with a GoPro. They’re the industry standard in action cams, offering every feature you can imagine to capture your wildest adventures. But which camera is right for you?  The GoPro Hero4 Black and the Hero4 Silver look very similar, but have a few distinct differences.

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Start Cycling Now: The Best Beginner Road Bikes of 2017

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Last updated 11/16/17

I can give you my reviews, but buying a road bike is ultimately a personal decision. To find the best beginner road bike, it’s important to consider more than just the cost. Choose a bike that fits you well, you enjoy riding and that has the most technology available at that price point.

Sounds a little intimidating, right? Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered.

I’ve included easy-to-navigate guides to help you understand the difference between component groups and frame materials, to figure out if you really need disc brakes and to discover if the bike’s a good fit for you.

Then I rounded up the best bikes for your budget and riding style.

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