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Shimano Tiagra

Shimano Tiagra

Shimano Tiagra has always offered value for money and reliable performance, for a lot of people who are new to road cycling a Tiagra equipped bike maybe be their first. In the past the leap between Tiagra and 105 (the next groupset in the Shimano hierarchy) seemed to be a fairly large one, but the latest version of Tiagra, 4700, Shimano have raised the bar.

 

First of all the clunky looks and feel of previous Tiagra groupsets has been streamlined and been brought up to date borrowing from the higher spec Shimano groupsets. Tiagra is now finished in a dark grey metallic finish that’s not a million miles away from the look of Ultegra. The similarities don’t end there either, Tiagra now also features Shimano’s latest four arm crank technology allowing for extra stiffness and greater functionality when it comes to swapping between different sized chain rings. Tiagra 4700 offers a 52/36, 50/34 and a 50/39/30 option giving plenty of options for every type of rider.

 

The Tiagra rear mech is available in small and medium cage, but unlike the other Shimano ranges Tiagra’s medium cage option has the capacity to take an 11-34 cassette. This offers the widest range of gears of all of Shimano’s ranges, making tiagra the perfect groupset for a touring set up.

 

The Tiagra shifters have been redesigned in line with the higher spec Shimano ranges and now all cables run internally underneath the bar tape, this is the first time a Tiagra groupset has offered this feature and it really adds to the over all look and feel of the groupset. Shimano have also re designed the Tiagra hood shape to be much smaller and easier to grip making the shifting and braking more accessible and fluid. The Tiagra range also offers a flat bar shifting option for anyone looking to run a flat bar road bike.

 

Tiagra is perfectly suited to the demands of novice cyclists, commuters and anyone looking to build a bike with a range of gears perfectly suited to the varying terrain of a long distance bike ride.