105 groupset in black or silver

by Phat boy   May 10, 2014  

Thinking about getting new 105 groupset in black as I think it looks quite good. My concern is with the durability of the black coating, is it going to look buggered in a couple months? Just wondering what peoples experiences where with the black groupset. Don't know whether to play it safe and just get silver.

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I have black 105 on my very abused winter bike, it lasts fine. The cranks will show rub, especially if you wear bulky overshoes in winter though, but its not hugely noticeable.

Go with whatever looks best with your frame!

posted by giobox [358 posts]
11th May 2014 - 3:59


I went Silver when I bought one for the winter bike for this very reason....great deals to be had at Merlin Party

posted by Al'76 [127 posts]
11th May 2014 - 16:35


Yeah going to get it from Merlin. Price is really good like you said. Got silver 3 yr old Sora on bike at the moment, so looking forward to the improvement in performance.

posted by Phat boy [8 posts]
11th May 2014 - 17:52


I've just swapped my sora for 105 on my commute bike only a week ago and really prefer it. Slicker changing plus its 10sp rather than 9sp. Hoping it will cope with next winter better than the sora which was really ropey. Sora is deffo something you cut your road cycling teeth on before upgrading. I chose black simply because my frame is predominantly black.

posted by DitzyArris [3 posts]
11th May 2014 - 18:14


Personally, having built bikes up with both, I prefer Tiagra and in silver.

Ride your own ride

posted by CanAmSteve [230 posts]
12th May 2014 - 6:26


The silver coating on the brake levers on the 105 on my winter bike has rubbed off. It's not terribly noticeable, the scratched name plates where I've fallen off a couple of times detract from the colour difference! Sad

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posted by SamShaw [321 posts]
12th May 2014 - 8:53


Having had Sora, Tiagra and 105 the 105 is far superior.

The black finish is very durable. Go for whatever goes best with your frame, you won't regret the upgrade.

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posted by chrisp1973 [57 posts]
13th May 2014 - 9:35