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1st June 2010
105 is often referred to as Shimano’s ‘workhorse’ road groupset. Simon Smythe checks out whether the manufacturers are using it to build thoroughbreds or cart horses.
BMC Streetfire SSX01: “The finish is impressive. The welds are very smooth and the paint and decals perfectly applied — it looks like a bike that costs twice as much.”
“There’s a clear difference in performance between the bike that uses the complete 105 groupset — hubs and all — and the other two that spec cheaper calipers and chainsets.”