Shimano 105 Groupos

2.25/5 (20 Reviews)


Product Description

The Shimano 5500 Component Series.


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by grayFox

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2013

Strengths:    Comfortable hoods, solid crank, decent brakes

Weaknesses:    Noisy rear dérailler, front dérailler difficult to adjust, brakes are little soft, heaviest out of all competitive groupos out there.

Bottom Line:   
Had 5600-105 on my Tarmac Comp and my Roubaix, my experience are based on two 105 sets I used at the same time. Hoods are very comfortable, good hand position options. Fairly easy to reach (brake, up and down shift) from the drops. Didn't notice any flex on the crank. The crank and the shifters were my favorite pieces from this group. Had occasional miss-shift. Noisy RD towards bigger cogs. FD had alot of rub on high/low gear extremes due to narrow cage body which I solved by swapping it out with SRAM FD which also made all gears usable without the rattle. Brakes are soft, but modulate pretty well. Brakes felt reliable and had alot of feedback, but you have to get on them to brake hard. Overall, unless I am getting a deal on the frame to offset this groupo performance I would not buy them again.


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by David

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2012

Strengths:    Nice shifting bike. I found my 105 components to be quiet unlike some other reviewers

Weaknesses:    I only got 1500 miles at the most out of the rear cassette and chain. This is my first road bike. I shopped for the 105's because I was told they were the best of the entry level gears and all I could afford. I had to replace them with an Ultegra drive chain but my confidence in Shimano is way down. We'll see.

Bottom Line:   
Overall I would look to better Shimano gear sets or a different manufacturer altogether.


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by genekim920 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2011

Strengths:    Shifts ok and quick and great price point.

Weaknesses:    Accelerated wear for 1000 miles is not greatest. It's about the same wear as Sora and 2300.

Bottom Line:   
The 5700'series is ok. The cassette and chain is subject to accelerated wear in the first 1000 miles. I've got a vintage road bike with the original suntour chain and cassette clocking in at 145,000 miles so to compare with Shimano, I'm not too impressed with Shimano's durability.

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Favorite Ride:   Colnago Master X

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Ultegra, Sora, 2300, Suntour



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike Hanly a Commuter

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2010

Strengths:    easy to pedal, very stable (especially for a non-racer like myself)

Weaknesses:    Noisy rear derailleur

Bottom Line:   
Very easy to use, but the Shimano 105 groupset is pretty noisy; the chain chatter is pretty loud, especially in all cogs on the large chainring. I've taken it in several times already, but the shop hasn't been able to remedy the problem. I just hope I don't experience the same problems the other reviewers have had.

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Favorite Ride:   Giant FCR 1

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   Pedal Power--Lexingt

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Nutmeg Ryder a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2010

Strengths:    Comfortable bike so far

Weaknesses:    Shimano 105 shifter

Bottom Line:   
Bad experience so far. While on a ride, I lost the ability to shift into high gear. Shimano 105 front shifter is graciously being replaced by the nice fellows at Amity Bikes, however, this is not something you expect to be dealing with on a new bike. Hopefully this is a one time thing... Nice weather has arrived in CT, and I'm without my bike :(

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Favorite Ride:   Bantam Lake

Purchased At:   Amity

Bike Setup:   Specialized Allez (stock)



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