Shimano range

Scrumple Posts: 2,665
edited July 2008 in Road beginners
Some quick guidance appreciated...

I'm about to consider buying a bike I can spec myself. I'm torn between paying £150 extra for Dura Ace bits, rather than Ultegra (shifter, rear/front mech). Ignoring my quandry specifically, I decided to ask the question below...

Apart from weight, what are the main advantages and differences between the Shimano range. I'm sure smoothness is a factor, but what extra do you really get?

To help others, maybe a summary of how the range improves... Dura Ace, Ultegra, 105, Tiagra, etc...

I can find plenty of stuff about the cost etc, but no quick n easy comparison of the range (in lay terms).



  • System_1
    System_1 Posts: 513
    I'll make an (un)educated guess.

    Sora > Tiagra > 105. The differences in these will be slightly lighter weight, smoother shifting and a bit more durability as you go up the range.

    105 > Ultegra > Dura Ace. Differences here will be mostly weight. You may even find that the difference between Ultegra and Dura Ace means slightly less durability in the quest for ultimate weight saving.