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Should I buy 105 calipers or Tiagra calipers for my Tiagra shifters?

vault94vault94 Posts: 23
edited June 2016 in Workshop
I posted this originally here (viewtopic.php?f=40004&t=13066136) but never really got an answer so I'm resubmitting.

I need to replace my Tektro calipers as the front one is broken and I'm looking for something a little better, I am currently using Tiagra shifters (4600) I was looking at either:

Shimano 105 5800 Brake Caliper's


Shimano Tiagra BR4700 Caliper's ... e-caliper/

The 105's seem the more popular product and they're both 22.99 each so pricing isn't a problem, I just wondered what will work best - are they both fairly the same just different in weight or something?

Thanks :)


  • svettysvetty Posts: 1,904
    Get the 105s as they have proper pad holders with replaceable pads - otherwise little to choose TBH
    FFS! Harden up and grow a pair :D
  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,123
    I just replaced some Tiagra 4500 calipers with nearly new 105 5800s. Operated by the older 5600 levers but the difference is astonishing.

    How much of this is down to the caliper, the metal cartridge holders, or the brake blocks themselves I don't know. I'm hoping it's the last 2 because on the strength of the improved braking on the summer bike I've bought some 5800 cartridges / blocks for the BR450s on winter bike too.

    The rain meant I took the winter bike out last night; now I'm used to stopping on a sixpence I hadn't realised how bad it's brakes had become. Must fit the new cartridges at the weekend!
  • trailflowtrailflow Posts: 1,311
    Buy the 105's
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