Shimano launched its newly updated Tiagra 4700 groupset in 2015, and manufacturers have used it to make some excellent bikes for around £1,000. Here are ten, from £750 to £1,250 fitted with the new groupset.
Tiagra 4700 is a 10-speed groupset that sits above Sora and below 105 in Shimano's groupset range. The biggest change is the redesigned chainset, it's now much better looking than the previous Tiagra, and the brake lever hoods benefit from the same ergonomics, with cables under the bar tape, as first seen on Dura-Ace.
This list of 10 bikes gives an idea of what sort of new bikes are available with the latest Tiagra 4700 groupset and includes carbon fibre and aluminium road bikes, endurance road bikes and adventure bikes with disc brakes.
The Criterium is British company Raleigh’s brand new offering for 2016, and this £750 Sport model features a smart aluminium frame with internal cable routing and a full Tiagra 4700 groupset. There’s a carbon fibre fork and the geometry has been designed to appeal to new racing cyclists and sportive riders alike. It comes with 25mm Schwalbe Lugano tyres on RSP AC2.0 wheels.
Merida’s Ride range is aimed at cyclists seeking more comfort, with a higher handlebar position and a frame designed to provide to smooth out some of the bumps, with space for wider tyres. This model has a 6066 triple-butted aluminium frame with a full carbon fork and it’s got a full Shimano Tiagra 4700 groupset and matching Shimano R501 wheels. It's currently reduced in certain sizes so do a little shopping around and you might find an amazing deal.
If you want a tough bike that can handle the poor state of the roads, whether for daily commuting or winter riding, with disc brakes and space for big tyres, then the GT Grade is a good choice. This model features an aluminium frame with a carbon fibre fork, with the distinctive triple triangle design that is a hallmark of GT bikes. GT has used the new Tiagra 4700 groupset but mixed it up with an FSA Vero Compact chainset and Spyre mechanical disc brakes. It rolls on 28mm Continental Ultra Sport 2 tyres.
The Synapse has been a hugely popular bike since it was completely redesigned a couple of years ago, and the large model range offers a bike for most price points. This model combines an aluminium frame, carbon fork and most of a Shimano Tiagra 4700 groupset. It has an FSA Omega chainset because the frame uses a BB30 bottom bracket. As this is the disc brake version, it uses Promax Render R mechanical disc brakes.
Like the BMC TeamMachine ALR01, the new Trek Emonda ALR is based on the more expensive carbon fibre road bike that shares the same name. It’s one of the lightest aluminium frames currently available, with Trek claiming 1,050g for a size 56cm frame. Very impressive. This model gets a full roster of Tiagra 4700 parts, with a compact chainset and 11-28t cassette. Mat reviewed the 2016 model and loved it.
The British designed Dorset from Whyte Bikes takes elements from road and cyclocross bikes to create what looks like being the ideal do-everything bike, with disc brakes and bigger tyres and more relaxed handling. The frame is aluminium and the fork is carbon fibre, and it uses Shimano’s new Tiagra 4700 shifters/brake levers and front and rear mechs, combined with an FSA Omega compact chainset and TRP HyRd hydraulic disc brakes.
German company Focus has heavily invested in disc brakes (just check out the stunning Izalco Max Disc) and this model combines an aluminium frame with a carbon fork, 25mm Schwalbe Lugano tyres and a full Shimano Tiagra 4700 groupset, with a 52/36 chainset and 11-28t cassette. Like many bikes it's seen a substantial price increase between 2016 and 2017, but in this case it's partly explained by the change from cable-actuated brakes to Shimano's hydraulic Tiagra discs.
The combination of Tiagra and the sale season means there are some great bargains to be had, like this carbon-framed BMC endurance bike. Importer Evans Cycles has lopped £300 off the price.
BMC calls its comfort frame design Tuned Compliance Concept and the GF02 shares it with BMC's top-flight GF01 Disc. For this price, it's a mile-eater's bargain.
Giant’s excellent TCR frameset now comes equipped with Tiagra 4700. There’s no cutting corners here though, with a full carbon frame and groupset, the TCR Advanced 3 is a super bike at a super price.
The combination of a 34/50 up front and 12/28 in the rear make this a hill climbing machine. The addition of 25mm tyres is a welcome feature for even more comfort.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.