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You can do it, but it will be much more expensive to buy the Tiagra-equipped bike and then buy Ultegra parts piece-by-piece. Bike manufacturers get the parts much more cheaply than you can, and that price difference is reflected in the price of the bike. Also, consider this: Ultegra is an 11-speed group. Tiagra is 10-speed. This means that you will need to ...


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I've never used Claris, but I've used a bunch of different Shimano road stuff, from 8 to 11 speed, as well as some SRAM. All other things being equal (which they never are), the more expensive Shimano groupset shifts smoother than the less expensive one. That, however, is splitting some really fine hairs. The shifting performance for modern brifters is nice ...


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Cannondale with it's new Boost 148mm rear spacing standard could fit some more gears theoretically without making the chain thinner. But the real question is if more gears are actually needed. What really matters is the cassette range which is determined by the smallest and biggest cog wheels. Now we have the smallest cog with 10 teeth, and there was a 9T-...


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It really depends on your budget. Shimano 105 is quite a bit better than Claris. Claris uses an 8 speed cassette while 105 uses an 11 speed cassette. This means that 105 will have smaller gaps between the gears if both bikes have the same gear range. There are 2 levels between Claris and 105. They are Sora (9 speed cassette ) and Tiagra (10 speed cassette)....


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Unfortunately, You can't use 10 speed shimano road brifters with 10-speed dyna-sys mountain bike drivetrains. They just have different cable pull ratios. Your limited to a few options if you want to run drop bars with 10-speed shimano: Mount your existing MTB trigger shift on your drop bars. This means you have to take your hands off the hoods and drops to ...


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I'm researching my new road bike too. Here's info on shimano road sets, originally from: http://www.chainreactionhub.com/road/980-our-guide-to-shimanos-road-groupsets-from-tiagra-to-dura-ace with some additional comments by me. Common: All of these have shifter mechanisms in the brakes, so they're "brifters" Nothing road-based has thumb shifters like a ...


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I'll definitely have to change my cassette Shimano 11 speed road cassettes require wider freehub body. You have several options here: Get a new rear wheel or hub that supports 11 speed road cassettes. Get a replacement 11 speed freehub body if there are any (most likely not). Get a Campy freehub body and Campy 11 speed cassette instead of 5800. Get this ...


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There is nothing about the wheel or frame that is incompatible with Ultegra R8000. You might need an adapter for the bottom bracket but that's about it. However, as others have said, groupsets are much cheaper when they come on a bike than bought separately, so you will not be saving money by upgrading incrementally. Additionally you will still have 'Tiagra ...


5

Stay with 9 speed. the beauty of Shimano 9 speed is that the 9 speed road levers are compatible with mountain derailleurs and vice versa. You can get a 9 speed deore derailleur and a 9 speed 12-36 cassette and Bam! way more gear range. That's literally all you have to buy (and maybe a cable if your old one dies on removal) edit: you will likely need a new ...


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Don't expect something official. If you don't see it listed on the main page of Shimano's website, production has likely ramped down or stopped. Resellers will go as long as theres demand and stock. This also controls availability, and its tricky to estimate length of time, especially on less commodity groups (e.g. Ultegra vs Sora; you'll have a lot more ...


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This is an easy question to answer: SRAM Force is equivalent to Shimano Ultegra. Here is one link from BikeRadar. Some sample quotes: Going up in price to Ultegra-level, SRAM’s Force group uses lightweight materials such as high-grade alloys and carbon fibre to be a very competitive gear setup. ... In 2019, SRAM added Force eTap AXS to its range, a 12-...


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Latest 105 and Tiagra iterations at this moment are 4700 and 5800. Both have same crankset design, so I don't see why left crankarm wouldn't be compatible. I'd figure you would be more concerned about color mismatch. There's also a slight weight difference, but I doubt most riders would notice it.


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There are a lot of things to check when doing a swap of your groupset. Some things off the top of my head: Hub/Freewheel compatibility: Since you are increasing the cassette size, you may have to get a different hub and/or freewheel. If the freewheel needs to be changed out, the new one may end up being a wider dimension, which will require a new hub ...


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With that in mind - can I put a 10/11 speed cassette on my existing (15 yr old Chris King) rear hub? 9, 10 and 11 speed Shimano MTB cassettes all use the same freehub body, you can keep the old hubs. It has come time to replace the rings (3rd set) again but Im guessing that I need new cranks. Given a 15 years mark, you run FC-M950 or FC-M952. If ...


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Shimano groupsets don't get upgraded every year. Each line gets major upgrades every four years or so. Have a look at the Shimano Wikipedia page, road groupsets section for a good overview of generations and when they became available. You should be able to ask any bike store staff what generation of groupset is fitted to any bike they offer and get an ...


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If compatibility is what you're after, you should know that it's not always necessary to use the same group. Many times, you can mix and match different groups, even different manufacturers. As far as I know, all 10-speed Campy geartrain components should be compatible with each other. You have to consider the capacity of both derailleurs relative to your ...


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We shy away from specific product recommendations, but the question is a decent one and it's impossible to answer without mentioning specific products. So, here goes. I assume that "standard crank" means 5-arm cranks with a 110mm bolt circle diameter (BCDs). Many manufacturers are moving towards 4-arm cranks with 110mm BCDs, but their chainrings may not be ...


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You can use disk brakes with road levers as long as you buy the ones specifically designed to work with road levers. The difference is the amount of cable pull (the distance that the cable moves when you squeeze the lever). This distance is lower for standard road levers than for MTB levers, so the design of the brake has to take this into account. I know ...


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No -- You've got several problems here. 10 speed mountain Shimano has different cable pull than 10 speed road Shimano (which is the same cable pull as 9 speed mountain Shimano, I believe, so if you double check this, you can drop a 9 speed Deore in). Then, you have the mountain vs road FD, which if you're using brifters, you need to use a road FD. Front ...


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Yes, and Yes. Brifters will work fine and the cassettes will work fine. You can use any 9 speed Shimano road components in the drivetrain (crankset+chainrings with appropriate bb, chain, cassette, derailleurs) and the rear derailleur can be a <10 speed mountain derailleur as well. The chain can be made by KMC/SRAM/Shimano/etc. and the cassette can be ...


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Anecdotal accounts say "yes, you can mix within reason". The manufacturers, however, will generally say a firm "no". On the one hand, they would, wouldn't they? They're in the business of selling kit. With road groupsets, there is Shimano, the main player. Then there is SRAM, who make their components to be largely compatible with Shimano. Lastly, among the ...


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To get faster times, your options are: Accelerate faster Cruise faster Decelerate faster To accelerate faster, reduce rotating weight and increase bike & component stiffness. Reducing non-rotating component weight will not have much effect unless your races involve a lot of climbing, especially as lighter components are usually less stiff unless you're ...


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Except for wheels, upgrading bike components of increased performance is not beneficial. You are the engine and only training will provide noticeable results. if you are riding less than 3K miles/year 105 is good enough. My recommendations: Interval training https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interval_training sweet spot training https://fascatcoaching.com/tips/...


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I know this question is a little old...the crankset won't work. The spacing between the chainrings for 8 speed is large enough that the 11 speed chain can slip and jam in between them. At first it may seem to work, but it will jam occasionally when shifting.


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Things to Gain: Higher quality groupset Headache Frustration Thinner wallet It is not really a good idea for this type of bike to consider trying to evolve itself into another type with the components your suggesting Reasons: The Norco VFR 2 Hybrid has the Norco 25mm Riser and handlebars which are not compatible with Tiagra or 105 shifters. Tiagra and ...


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The only piece of it that can kinda sorta be re-used is the cranks. Front derailer cage gap to chain width compatibility is a real thing that matters and affects performance, and your 9-speed wheel won't take an 11-speed road cassette unless it's already an 11-speed wheel running a 1.8mm spacer, or it has a retrofit 11spd freehub available, or it's a Mavic ...


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The trek archive is a bit light on B.B. detail but mentions an FSA Vero crankset. Googling FSA Vero shows me images of a square taper which is pretty straightforward and means that the bottom bracket is going to be threaded. Most likely it is 68mm across the B.B. shell, which you should measure. If it’s 68mm and you’re getting Shimano 105 cranks, just ...


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I agree with the folks who suggest that you stick to the 9-spd Ultegra, especially since it already has index shifting and "brifters" (you can brake and shift at the handlebar without moving your hands from the hoods). If it's looks you're going for, you can always clean up the parts, and if the anodizing is a bit worse for wear, you can always use some ...


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Might be a spec change by Shimano - I know that there is no change to the Campag chain. As they are not designed to be compatible, if Shimano have changed something they will have done so only referencing their own 9s HG type chain which is slightly narrower than Campagnolo's. The other things to look at are a stiif link or a chain rivet protruding slightly ...


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The newer brifters (such as the Tiagra 4703) are "Super SLR" on the brake pull amounts. This means they work even better with Mini-V brakes than older brifters that had the gear cable coming out the side. You can get Tektro and TRP's in several arm lenghts -- depending on what you are looking for in your setup. 80mm (926AL), 84mm (TRP8.4), 85mm (BX3V,BX1V,...


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