105 vs Dura Ace Road Bike Components

Shimano is a Japanese company that first entered the American bike market in the 1970’s. Shimano has about 50% of the component market; they seem to be the brand that the others are compared to. They make components for the Dura Ace, the 105, and the Ultegra, and their reputation is well deserved.

You see comments on bike threads throughout the internet that tell you not to mix and match parts from various manufacturers, then you read most of them are going to work together well. The lesson here is to ask, ask, ask, and make sure you have compatible parts. If you are a purist, then the problem is solved for you. [Read more…]

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Best Bike for Under $2,000

Need a new road bike? Budget is under $2,000? You have options.

Of course, you can always ask in your local store, but that can be sometimes a slightly biased opinion and it’s still very little. What you’re really looking for is a bunch of experiences from as many people as possible.

Here comes to play our great friend – the internet. Literally in minutes, you can find out some websites, discussions, or blogs where people simply share their findings and experiences. We found several bikes that were labeled “The Best Bike for Under $2,000”, but discovered this one to be a standout: [Read more…]