Tiagra to Ultegra Shifter Upgrade - is it worthwhile?

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  1. timbradley

    timbradley New Member

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    Hi all!

    I'm currently running a Drive-train consisting of:
    1. Tiagra 9sp double STI shifters
    2. DA Front and Rear Mech
    3. Truvativ Rouleur 53-39
    4. Ultegra Cassette
    I was thinking of upgrading the STI levers to 105 or Ultegra, but i wanted to know if it's actually worthwhile in terms of a difference in shifting performance - or is it mainly up to the derailleurs?

    And will 10sp ultegra shifters work with my 9 sp drivetrain?

    Cheers!

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  2. Retro Grouch

    Retro Grouch New Member

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    Why would you think that 10-speed shifters might work with a 9-speed drivetrain?

    Shifting performance is a function of all of the parts working in concert. I doubt you will feel very much difference by upgrading just one part. Unless you have a CHEAP source for Ultegra 9-speed shifters I wouldn't think that it would be very cost effective.
     
  3. capwater

    capwater New Member

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    If your Tiagra stuff is working fine, why bother? Functionally, the Tiagra, 105, Ultegra and even Dura Ace are the same (assuming we're all in the 9 speed world here). Now wanting to convert to 10 speed is another story and a thread topic that has been discussed here many, many times previously.
     
  4. timbradley

    timbradley New Member

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    OK then - you're probably right...I hate people who talk with reason

    I guess saving the £150+ for the shifters is probably best...but what can I spend the money on instead???
     
  5. geoffs

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    We wore out our Ultegra 9sp levers and changed to DA. There was a noticable difference. Then again they may ahve felt better due to the wear on the Ultegra. Try out a few bike at your LBS's and see if you can tell the difference. If you can then go for it.
    I've just built up a new road bike with DA 10sp and the shifts are so smooth and crisp.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  6. meehs

    meehs New Member

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    I agree you probably won't notice much (if any) difference switching your Tiagra brifters out for Ultegra. Spend your money on beer.
     
  7. capwater

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    New 105s will shift better than old Ultegra or even D/A.
     
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