Upgrading groupset Dura Ace to Tiagra

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by mustang1, 15 Mar 2019.

  1. mustang1

    mustang1 Guru

    London, UK
    I want to upgrade the groupset on my road bike. I heard the benefits are the chain and cassette last longer, are cheaper to replace when the time comes, and it's got a nicer agricultural feel when changing gears. It's a little heavier therefore bound to be "stronger". Besides, everyone tells me it's not about the weight so that's of no concern. It's also a lot cheaper too so what's not to like!

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  2. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Which thread have I missed, @mustang1?
  3. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Did the doctor say "Tiagra" or "Viagra" when talking about stiffer and longer-lasting? This is the reason why it pays to take a friend or family member along as a second pair of ears.
    Last edited: 15 Mar 2019
  4. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    You could very well be right.
  5. chriscross1966

    chriscross1966 Senior Member

    Dura Ace is Shimanos top groupset, Tiagra will feel like youve gone from a Jag to a Lada. Upgrading from Dura Ace means joining the tifosi and going Campagnolo ...
  6. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Über Member

    Shouldn't the word actually be downgrade?
  7. CarlP

    CarlP There’s no need to live in a pit of doom

  8. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Oh dear ! <<< see avatar.

    You could just run a cheaper cassette and chain.
  9. Grant Fondo

    Grant Fondo 'Real Life, and Postcard Views, Europe Endless'

    I might have the wrong end of the stick here but was wondering if Dura Ace gruppo might cost more than frame is worth? Maybe go Ultegra and save a few bob, although i went from Tiagra 10 sp to Ultegra 11 sp last year and didnt notice much shifting difference?
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  10. Dirk

    Dirk If 6 Was 9

    Devon's Gold Coast
    Non sequitur.
  11. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Über Member

    If you want low running costs, go for a 6 x3 hybrid/MTB style transmission with a basic steel ring/alloy crankarm chainset.
    I'm pretty sure all my old stuff from the late 80's and early 90's are still on their factory-fitted transmissions.
    As for rear sprocket & chainring lifespans, I'm not intending to replace anything until the chain actually starts to skip. Then I'll consider it worn out.
  12. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

  13. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    The OP makes a couple of wrong assumptions. A cheaper groupset will be heavier because it's made from lower grade, cheaper alloys. For that reason it will probably wear out faster than a more expensive groupset.

    I think it was Keith Bontrager who said you can have cheap, light and strong but only two of those qualities at any one time.
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  14. rivers

    rivers Über Member

    Is it 11 speed dura-ace? If so, I'll trade you for 105 ^_^
  15. dodgy

    dodgy Guru

    Either that or he's having a bit of a laugh, and there's nothing wrong with that.
    mustang1 likes this.
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