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Buy cheaper bike and upgrade

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 ...
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Is Claris today better than best groupset from 10 years ago?

There are 2 metrics on which today's Claris is "better" than Dura-Ace 9000: range and low-speed performance (bigger cassette sprockets, and possibility to have gravel-ish sized chainrings). ...
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Will my mix-and-match drivetrain work?

Don't put a 9-speed chain through a 6/7-speed front derailleur like that. It will work badly because the cage inner gap will be spaced to expect a wider chain. Random internet advice loves to get this ...
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Reasons NOT to buy a used groupset

Twenty-plus year old STIs that really and truly have much life left are rare and expensive. The 7700 STIs are much more serviceable than most, hypothetically. They allow some make-one-good-one-from-...
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Slowly switching from Shimano to SRAM

First question: having to mess with cables every month or two is not normal. I would recommend investigating that first. If you still have the stock wheels, you can just replace the freehub body, no ...
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Upgrading 8 speed Shimano 105 to 11 Speed Shimano 105

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 ...
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Can I partially upgrade from Shimano Sora to Ultegra 6800?

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 ...
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Buy cheaper bike and upgrade

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 ...
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Shimano 105 FC-5501 chainrings replacement

Shimano might not say it's okay, but you can use any 130BCD chainrings that you can find with that crankset1. You'll get the best shifting performance if you pick a matched set of chainrings from a ...
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Is Claris today better than best groupset from 10 years ago?

Modern claris in 2022 is an 8 speed system, with either dual or triple chainring setup. https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/product/component/claris-2400.html DuraAce 7900 was released in 2008 and is a 10 ...
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Are shimano 6700 and 6703 chainrings compatible?

The FC-6703-specific 52-tooth outer chainring is Shimano model number WP-Y1LK98030. The FC-6700-specific 52-tooth outer chainring is Shimano model number WP-Y1LJ98150. Yes, the FC-6700 outer chainring ...
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How long will Ultegra 6800 parts be available?

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. ...
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What groupsets are compatible with my bike?

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 ...
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Does Campagnolo have a groupset model number system?

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 ...
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SRAM groupset equal to Ultegra R8000 series?

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 ...
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What should I look for when buying a new road group set?

You need a rim brake group set with a comparable brake reach as before, which will happen automatically if the new one is also Campy because convetional Campy calipers have only come in one reach in ...
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Mixing GRX crankset with Deore groupset on 2021 Trek Dual Sport 4

Updated due to criticism. If you have a 68mm bottom bracket shell (which was my understanding in this case), using a "road/gravel" crankset (GRX, Miche Graff, Sram Apex1 etc) won't present a ...
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Is it necessary to upgrade my groupset?

I think what you have is more ideal for steep climbs you would find in the mountains than most up-market groupsets. As @Criggie has pointed out, 22:36 is ideal for climbs. Going to a more expensive ...
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Buying Sora vs Claris for speed/weight

From what I can find the Contend AR3 weighs 9.7kg while the AR4 weighs 10.3kg. So it’s not a huge difference. At the same time 200$ is also a relatively cheap price for that kind of weight saving. The ...
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Replacing entire group - need new hubs?

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 ...
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Upgrading 8 speed Shimano 105 to 11 Speed Shimano 105

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 ...
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Comparing different year group-sets

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 ...
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Does Campagnolo have a groupset model number system?

EDIT 2023: Compatibility was not a major issue when I originally wrote this answer but since then electronic shifting and some details in mechanical levers have changed things. See the other answer ...
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Does Campagnolo have a groupset model number system?

As mentioned, Campagnolo (and SRAM) doesn't have a public-facing groupset model number system, unlike Shimano. Thus, differentiation between different iterations (given the number of speeds) is more ...
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Upgrading 20 year old road bike's groupset

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 ...
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Sub-compact chainring sizes?

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" ...
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Two broken teeth in Shimano 105 crankset

If it was mine and I damaged it riding, moving, storing etc. I would try to de-burr the edges and see how it shifted. In your case any modifications you make means you own it. Contact either the ...
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Road 10 to 11 speed upgrade, what needs to change?

I've done this conversion last year on my #2 bike from a 2013 Ultegra 10-speed to a 105 11-speed, to be able to use the 11-speed equipped wheels of a newer bike on my two bikes alternatively and avoid ...
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Road 10 to 11 speed upgrade, what needs to change?

FSA Megaexo bottom brackets are dimensionally the same as Shimano Hollowtech II road cranks/bottom brackets, so you should be able to just fit a Shimano crank in there. Personally I'd replace it with ...
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I want to upgrade my 2020 Allez from Claris to Shimano 105

To go to 105 you would have to do the following: Front + Rear Derailleur Cassette, Chain Rings Chain STI Lever (at least the right one) - This alone is like $150 per lever if I recall correctly. ...
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