Shimano Tiagra Groupos

3.42/5 (31 Reviews)

Product Description

The Shimano 4400 Component Series.

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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by CoastRider_Oz a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2013

Strengths:    10sp, cost

Weaknesses:    The brakes!!!!
No bragging rights...?

Bottom Line:   
This is about the 10sp 4600 Tiagra group set.

Firstly, by all means buy this group or a bike spec'd with it, but spend the money to upgrade the brakes, if only the pads. The brakes are the Achilles heel on this group and unfortunately, IMO, that's a pretty bad place to be terrible...

This is a very solid group, and, except for the brakes and the position window on the shifters, is basically the same as the 5600 105 group. I don't think it shifts quite as smoothly as the 5600, but it's still pretty good when welll tuned.
Aesthetically, I really don't like the shifters--I don't like the shift position windows on the top of the shifters--but they work quite well nonetheless.
The derailleurs work well with a minimum of fuss and noise.
The brake calipers, as far as I can tell are the same as the 105 calipers, but have a different brake pad; where the 105 group has a shoe and pad insert, the Tiagra brakes come with a smaller (by about 15% in surface area) pad that is a "combined" unit. Upgrade this immediately.

A great group set for the price, but the brakes, I just can't stress enough, upgrade them!!!!

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Similar Products Used:   Shimano 105 5600 groupo

Bike Setup:   2012 Specialized Roubaix Compact

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Herbert West a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2012

Strengths:    This group shifts and functions just as well as any other groupset out there if properly adjusted and maintained. Hard to argue the price isn't good for a group you can ride for years.

Weaknesses:    It is a heavier groupset than most.

Bottom Line:   
In a little over 2 years, I have put 35,000 miles on my Tiagra group. I race this group in the pro12 field as well. This groupset works flawlessly if it is properly maintained and adjusted. One can easily shift mid sprint with properly adjusted Tiagra. If you are having "problems" with the shifting and various noises, it is user error, not the groupset. The idea that 105 is the lowest you want to race is absolute rubbish. In terms of group weight, you get what you pay for. One can easily race Tiagra at the national level if they have the legs for it. Quit blaming the product for problems created by the user.

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Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Dura Ace, Sram Red

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tommy a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2011

Strengths:    STI shifters are the best in the business, shifts are smooth, and not obtrusive, clean looking design, being abe to break and shift at the same time, rarely fails

Weaknesses:    A little on the heavier side, Rival in comparison seems a great value, Not a great groupo to show off to others riders on a team

Bottom Line:   
I've had Tiagra on my road bike for 6000 miles now, and it quite simply hasn't missed a beat. I'm sure that other group sets will do the job quicker while being lighter, but that's the beauty of Tiagra, I simply don't have to worry about it at all because it's so cheap and durable. My only wishes is that it was a 10 speed, and that it was a little lighter, especially the crank.

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Favorite Ride:   Nichols

Purchased At:   Helen's

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore, Sram Rival

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Six6 w/ custom wheels, crank, tires, and tiagra groupo

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by matchmaker a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2010

Strengths:    Functionality, price. Tiagra is hardly sold as a groupset in the States but online you find the Tiagra group for very interesting prices. IMO maybe the best price-quality ratio of all groups.

Weaknesses:    Only 9 speed. Hoods are quit long and narrow for those with short hands.

Bottom Line:   
To begin this review with I have to say that I have a mixed 105 and Tiagra groupset. The brake caliphers and FD are 105, the crankset, RD, shifters, cassette and hubs are Tiagra.
I have been reading some negative about Tiagra but honestly, the Tiagra pieces I have work flawlessly. For above mentioned reasons, I can't judge the brake caliphers and FD, but the RD is very good. The crankset, I am almost sure uses the same chainrings as 105 and the integrated spindle design offers the stiffness you find in high end cranksets.
The shifters have the same features as other Shimano STIs, but are 9 speed. You can shift from the drops or the hoods without problem. Shifting is smooth and once set up well, does not miss a cog.

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Favorite Ride:   Colnago Mexico

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Ultegra

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Clockwork John a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2010

Strengths:    Price

Weaknesses:    Shifters are junk, derailleurs are sluggish and inconsistent.

Bottom Line:   
Absolute rubbish. Rear shifter is sluggish and jumpy, front derailleur won't stay adjusted. Front shifter has broken on me twice in six months, leaving me stuck in the large chainring. Both times it has been covered by warranty, but it's ridiculous that I'm on my third shifter in six months. I'm also getting noise from the bottom bracket with less than 1000 miles on the bike.

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Favorite Ride:   Elizabeth Lake/Godde Hill

Purchased At:   Bicycle John's Lanca

Similar Products Used:   Other shimano groupos

Bike Setup:   2009 Scott CR1 Comp with Selle Italia SLR Carbonia saddle and Continental Attack/Force tires

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