When our Shimano 105 group weighed in quite some time ago, it breathed new life into an aging (but still darn fine!) Trek 5200 carbon road bike. Now, after years of use for training, charity rides, cyclocross and just spinning on country roads, we’re pleased to say it’s still functioning just fine and looks as good as ever.
The Lodestar Black colorway introduced with the 2011 group update goes a long way in keeping the 105 group visually relevant against the recent updates to Dura-Ace and Ultegra. That goes a long way in keeping us cyclists happy with a purchase when there’s so much shiny and new hitting the airwaves every hour, so we can’t say enough good things about the group’s aesthetics.
Performance wise, it’s still shifting smooth, though it highlights the improvements Shimano’s made with it’s top end cables and housing since. If you recall the smooth shifting of older groups with the external shift routing popping out the sides of the hoods, the new stuff is pretty darn close to that. These run out the back of the shifter/lever and under the bar tape, which adds noticeable and unfortunate drag to the system. It’s not hard to push them, but it’s not as smooth as their latest and greatest either. The actual shifting performance, though, is still crisp and accurate.
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