Shimano Sora or Tiagra Shifters?

As part of the process of deciding if I need a new bike and if so, which one, I am considering The Trek 1.2 versus Trek 1.5.

The 1.2 has Shimano Sora shifters and the 1.5 Tiagra shifters. Would I notice much difference? The Sora seems to have a small knob/lever, whereas the Tiagra has a small additional lever parallel to the brake lever.

Which to go for? There is about £150 difference in price.
 

jim55

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glasgow
app the tiagra are better and easier to use ,,iv got sora on mine and the wee lever that u use for going down the cogs is sometimes not in the best place if ur hands are elsewhere ,,however if u do most of ur riding on the hoods then sora is fine ,,otherwise if ur in the drops a lot then id imagine theyr not ideal work well enough though ,,i think the deciding factor is hood riding (and cost of course hahahah)
 

Norm

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I've got Sora shifters on one bike and Tiagra on the other. I have never, I confess, wanted to shift to a smaller cog when on the drops and, even if I did want to, the thumb-switch is significantly closer than the down-tube shifters I grew up with.

Which you prefer will be a factor of the time you spend on the drops. If you spend much time on them, then you might get frustrated but I prefer the thumb-switch of the Sora set-up.
 
I spend most of the time on the drops and have no problem shifting either way with Sora. If you have small hands then maybe it would be a problem. It depends how important £150 is to you. Also isn't Tiagra 10-speed nowadays?
 
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