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I have a road bike with 9 speed 105 components. I'm familiar with the Shimano road bike line.
What about the hybrid line derailleur line with a flat bar? What's the equivalent of Sora, Tiagra, 105, Ultegra, Dura Ace. I would want a minimum of a Tiagra front and 105 on the rear. Are there differences in brakes also? Shifters?
I won't be doing as much riding with this bike but I want bigger tires that my 700x23 because I want to do some smooth dirt paths, some shallow (couple inches) sand spots, and gravel. I'm looking at 32, 35, 38. Any recommendations on tire size?
I know how to size myself to a road bike, how do I size myself to a hybrid? Ride and see what's comfortable? I assume I want most of my weight on the seat rather than the handlebars. I also have a comfort bike and a MTB.
Anything else I should be looking at?
 
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