105 or Sram Apex
If you can afford it. Another 10% off with code UK10 at the moment. I use 105 myself and it works well, I like it.Posted 4 years agopeathMember
Had SRAM Apex on my Vaya, the RHS lever mechanism broke (4 weeks ago), returned, a few months out of warranty (2 years), to SRAM and got 105 as I thought I was on to a looser with the warranty claim – got a brand new set of Apex levers back 5 days later – excellent service!
I’m sticking with 105 though… much ‘nicer’… (anyone want to buy a brand new boxed set of SRAM Apex 10 speed levers?! 😉 )Posted 4 years agomboySubscriber
My workshop experience of Sram generally is not great – wears quick, spares cost loads.
I would agree with al. Double Tap actually works really well when it’s fresh out of the box (and I HATE SRAM gears on MTB’s), but it definitely tends to go out of whack much quicker than Shimano, it’s WAY more dependent on good quality gear cables with a lag free run to work well, and spare parts are horrifically expensive! Set of Apex STI’s at RRP is nigh on as much as Merlin are selling an entire groupset for right now for instance.
Even Tiagra is good these days, got some on the winter bike and it’s solid stuff. Not that much cheaper than 105 though.
Tiagra looks more agricultural, but by god it’s good for the price!
Now, double, or Tripple, or MTB C/set?
What size tyres you going to be running, and are you ever going to load up? For the kind of bike the Fargo is, I’d probably go for a Triple with a 12-30 cassette to give you a 1:1 bottom gear for the odd occasion it might be needed. However, if you’re going to be loading up at all, get a long cage MTB mech on there with an 11-34 and a 26/36/48 touring chainset on there!Posted 4 years agohydrophilMember
Double or triple?Posted 4 years ago
Did a lot of research on this and concluded that the 34 on the front double compact isnt a great ratio (sure all the roadies will disagree with this) – go for the triple and either 11-28 or 12-30 on the rear and that will give you all the gears you ever need whether loaded or unloaded. 🙂TiRedMember
Tiagra shifts better than 105 or Ultegra. The external cables retain that very light Shimano shifting. Much more like Ultegra 6600. If it didn’t have those gear signal windows, it would be a top seller by default. Ultegra is a nicer finish than 105, but £200 goes halfway to some decent light wheels.Posted 4 years agotomhowardSubscriber
Tiagra shifts better than 105 or Ultegra
Totally disargee. Got both Ultegra and Tiagra (not sure/bothered about the model, both on 2013 model bikes, both 10 speed, Ultegra crank has 5 arms) the shifting feels much more direct and solid on the Ultegra, whereas the Tiagra feels that bit more vague and a little bit flimsy in comparison. Not bad, just not as good IMO.Posted 4 years agoransosSubscriber
Did a lot of research on this and concluded that the 34 on the front double compact isnt a great ratio (sure all the roadies will disagree with this)
Actually, I think you’re right. I have a 42T middle on my winter bike, and with a 12-25T cassette it’s a brilliant spread of gears for social group riding, with the inner and outer rings only needed when going up steep hills, or pressing on. In contrast, I’m changing between the 34 and 50T rings on my summer bike much more often, plus I need to change two gears at the back due to the larger gap in ratios.
If I were speccing a double again, I’d go go for a 53/39 standard and something like a 12-30T cassette.Posted 4 years ago
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