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2011 version of Shimano’s everyman groupset

The 2011 version of Shimano’s everyman groupset has features including under-tape gear cabling and a new brake block compound. But it’s cheaper than before, so has shaving the price shaved performance?

Shimano 105 has always resembled its pricier groupset sibling Ultegra, without too much of a weight or performance penalty for its lower price. The new 105 – 5700 series – as opposed to 5600 – is closer still, despite Shimano increasing the price gap by making the new 105 cheaper.

It’s available in silver or black, and features improvements including gear cables under the handlebar tape, new brakes that Shimano claims improve wet-weather stopping, and better shifting from its asymmetrical chain.
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