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Shimano launched its newly updated Tiagra 4700 groupset in 2015, and manufacturers have used it to make some excellent bikes for around £1,000 and up. Here are ten, from £800 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.

- Your complete guide to Shimano road bike groupsets

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Shimano Tiagra 4700 - 4.jpg

This selection 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.

- Shimano Tiagra 4700 first ride review

At this time of year, dealers are cutting prices on 2017 models to make room for 2018 bikes, so there are some bargains out there.

Specialized Tarmac SL4 — £1,500

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2018 Specialized Tarmac SL4.jpeg

Tiagra's not just for budget bikes, as this eminently raceable edition of Specialized's acclaimed Tarmac series shows. Specialized adds DT Swiss wheels and a Praxis chainset to a package that includes Tiagra shifting, all hung on a frame made from Specialized's  FACT 9r carbon.

Verenti Technique Tiagra Disc 2017 — £600

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2017 Verenti Technique Tiagra Disc.jpg

With Tiagra and discs for just £600, the latest version of Wiggle's Verenti Technique is amazingly good value for money. There's a full-carbon fork too, TRP Spyre brakes and Continental Ultra Sport 28mm tyres on the Cosine wheels.

When we reviewed the rim-braked version, which has the same geometry as this one, Stu Kerton wrote: "Out on the road it is very easy to ride tracking well and offering no surprises or twitchiness, exactly how it should be for a novice rider. But don't go thinking it's boring to ride if you've got a bit more experience in the saddle.

"Push the pace and the Verenti has an engaging ride. It's not as sharp at the steering as some but you can actually 'ride' it to get a response instead of just being a passenger turning the pedals. High speed descents are dealt with in an unflustered manner and as long as you don't go flying into the turns like an animal you'll come out the other side unscathed."

Read our review of the Verenti Technique Tiagra

Ribble CGR Tiagra — from £999

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Cross, Gravel, Road, that's what the CGR initials stand for on Ribble's latest all-rounder. A disc brake-equipped, mudguard-shod 'do a bit of everything' machine that makes a lot of sense for the rider who doesn't always want to stick to the tarmac. Thankfully, this jack of all trades is no master of none.

The CGR is a very easy bike to ride thanks to some neutral and balanced handling. This might make it sound dull but it's far from it, especially when you go off-road.

With a long wheelbase, mounts for mudguards and racks plus being designed for disc brakes, the Ribble is likely to see a lot of use in the wet and cold of winter where the road surface is often less than ideal. A bike that's dependable and trustworthy when it comes to the handling.

Read our review of the Ribble CGR 

Raleigh Criterium Sport — £800

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Raleigh Criterium Sport (1).jpg

The Criterium was Raleigh’s brand new offering for 2016, and this £800 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. It's been a popular model, to the extent that it's pretty much sold out, but we expect it'll return toward the end of the year.

Read our review of the Raleigh Criterium Sport

Merida Scultura 300 2018 — £950

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2018 Merida Scultura 300.jpg

Tiagra lends itself well to bikes that aim to satisfy your need for speed like Merida's racy Scultura line. This model has a 6066 triple-butted aluminium frame with a full carbon fork. The Scultura 300 is a softer prospect than Merida's more expensive carbon fibre Scultura models, with a longer head tube for a more upright riding position.

GT Grade Carbon Tiagra 2017 — £1,000 (limited sizes)

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2017 GT Grade Carbon Tiagra.jpg

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 a carbon fibre frame and 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 TRP Hy-Rd mechanical disc brakes. It rolls on 32mm Clement Strada USH tyres. This is a 2017 model, so not all sizes are available, but if there's one that fits you it's a serious bargain at this price.

Cannondale Synapse Alloy Tiagra Disc 2018 — £1,000

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Cannondale Synapse Alloy Tiagra Disc Women's.jpg

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.

There's a men's version in dark grey as well as the blue women's model above.

Trek Emonda ALR 4 2018 — £1,000

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2018 trek emonda alr 4.jpg

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.

Read our review of the Trek Emonda ALR 4

Focus Paralane Al Tiagra 2018 — £1,399

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2018 Focus Paralane Al Tiagra.jpg

German company Focus has heavily invested in disc brakes (just check out the stunning Izalco Max Disc) and the Paralane platform is their do-everything endurance/gravel platform. This model combines an aluminium frame with a carbon fork, 28mm Continental Ultra Sport II tyres and a full Shimano Tiagra 4700 groupset, with a 50/34 chainset, 11-34t cassette and Shimano's hydraulic Tiagra disc brakes.

Giant TCR Advanced 3 2018 - £1,299

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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.

[This article was last updated on November 20, 2017]

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.

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timb27 [139 posts] 1 year ago
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Have to say the 'Dale Supersix Evo Tiagra currently on sale for £780 at Sigma Cycles (sizes 56/58/60) looks to be a cracking deal

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ianguignet [30 posts] 9 months ago
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£699 for a Dolan Preffisio on 105.. 

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Vejnemojnen [269 posts] 8 months ago
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