The new Sora uses the same shifting method as Tiagra and up (inner/ outer levers).looking at the roubiax low end starter bike but its sora. don't know much about it.
I test rode a new Roubaix with the latest Sora and I would recommend getting the next level up. Functionally Sora does work like the more expensive Shimano groups but it feels pretty sloppy IMO. I don't think you'll regret getting the Tiagra/105 mix Roubaix but I can't say the same thing about Sora.Still, for a recreational rider, the Sora equipped Roubaix will suite your needs and gets you a very nice (upgradeable) frameset.
There's no question (and I essentially stated the same) that Tiagra and above shifters trump Sora in refinement.I test rode a new Roubaix with the latest Sora and I would recommend getting the next level up. Functionally Sora does work like the more expensive Shimano groups but it feels pretty sloppy IMO. I don't think you'll regret getting the Tiagra/105 mix Roubaix but I can't say the same thing about Sora.
To be honest I'd rather ride the Secteur in that case. Also, you're almost always better off spending the money up front on a new bike rather than buying a lower group with the intention of upgrading it in the future. Another option is to wait until fourth quarter and keep an eye for Roubaix's on close out.It's all about compromises. Someone with a similar budget placing a priority on the drivetrain would likely opt for a Tiagra equipped Secteur Elite over a Roubaix.
I actually never rode the Trek. I had planned to, but the Roubaix Expert SL4 felt sooo good. There was nothing I disliked. In fact, I loved pretty much everything about the bike except wishing it had better, lighter wheels. But I can add those later. The Di2 was just sooo sweet. With the Specialized Sales pricing for the next two weeks, I figured there was no way Trek would come close to $4100 for the Domane 5.9 which is their Di2 bike. ...and the Specialized felt great, looks great (The Expert SL4 Di2 is my favorite color scheme)Congrats... I bought same bike just mechanical and it is coming in this week. The more I think about it I should have bought DI2 oh well I had to by the wife a bike as well. I agree with you how smooth the bike rides. It really was amazing. Only bike I did not try was the Trek how was that? I used to have a Lemond and loved it back in the 90's.
With the sale, $1000 off is almost unprecedented. I had to stretch a little, but after riding Di2, then Mechanical, the choice was clear if dollars were not a factor. So I stretched. Riders with Di2 seem to LOVE it. I also got the Red and Black! (The Expert Sl4 Di2 is a glossy black/red accent that I like better than any other color scheme's. Another bonus that pushed me over the edge. Everything about the Roubaix Expert SL4 Di2 bike is awesome. Just upgrade wheels later.Man maybe I should tell them I want the DI2. I agree about the wheels only thing I will upgrade probably next year. Darn why did my wife need a baller bike too lol.. I have tried DI2 before it was great. I got the red and black color what color did you get?
Sweet 2nd bike indeed! You can feel solid about your decision. You got a GREAT bike. I'm sure I would be just as excited if I had ordered the Expert SL4 with Mechanical. ...and hey ...we have the fastest color scheme! So, how cool is that?Oh ya I see what you mean about the cassette and chain. I am not sure how much but I am not sure I would even notice the difference could upgrade later. The Di2 is sweet though mmm darn it all I wish I bought it. Oh well I guess in say 5 years I could by my second bike and get whatever is out then hahah... Either way I think I got a great first bike well technically this is my 2nd bike. First bike was a Lemond Zurich 98..