Re: APEX Vs. 105
Originally Posted by wooliferkins
The apex gives you a better choice of ratios the technology will have trickled down fron their other groups. Pedigree look at the podiums for the last three Tour d'France. SRAM groupsets all the way, they have very quietly become the major groupset in the peleton
Well, I wouldn't choose a group because of any sponsor's efforts to sponsor as many teams as possible. When Campagnolo won 98% of the TdF did you use Campagnolo? When Lance started winning, did you switch to shimano. A truck full of spare parts and a legion of mechanics make any group work. BTW-Campagnolo sponsored more teams at thsi years TdF than shimano or sram. shimano more than sram. And it's pelOton.
shimano 5700 is very refined, works very well. Apex seems really cheap and cheezy. The other thing that has 'trickled down' from higher end groups is poor bearing quality(BBs), poor FD action and poor chainring durability. For the OP, shimano is a better, more long lasting group, IMO.