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I have a 2011 Boardman Team, which has alloy frame, carbon forks and 105 groupset, bought through the Cycle to Work scheme. I use it for an 11 mile (mainly flat) commute and the occasional social ride in the hills. The Cycle to Work scheme is open again at work and I am trying to find out if the new £1000 Team Carbon will be a significant upgrade from my current model. I know it’s carbon frame, but some Tiagra components. I can’t find any comparisons, despite searching the net on a few occasions. Has anyone any experience of both?

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Bob's bikes [880 posts] 3 years ago
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It's very much a case of swings and roundabouts, you gain on the swing (2014 being carbon) but lose on the roundabout with the (IMO) lower spec components.

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vonhelmet [1241 posts] 3 years ago
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2014 Tiagra is unlikely to be markedly worse than 2011 105, and may even be better, depending on which components you're talking about.

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nelly111s [3 posts] 3 years ago
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The Tiagra components are shifters, front mech and cassette. The rear mech is 105. They also do a "special edition" one with SRAM Apex throughout, which may be better?