Why choose a Shimano 105 Groupset? 5 Reasons…

A decent groupset ensures a smooth and efficient ride. I (along with many other cyclists) have found the Shimano 105 groupset to provide brilliant functionality and reliability at a very fair price point.

It’s never let me down on bikes such as the Orro Terra C 105 Gravel Bike (pictured above) and Orro Venturi 105 Road Bike (pictured below) when I’ve put them to the test.

Shaun in our goods in department puts in upwards of 10,000 miles a year on his road bike which features a 105 groupset. He can be spotted at the Preston chain gang and conquers many century rides throughout the year. He states the 105 group is a solid choice due to its solid performance and pleasant affordability. “I will get the bike serviced and any 105 groupset parts changed such as the chain and cassette around every 6 months, usually before a trip abroad.”

Here’s a few more reasons why Shimano 105 is an excellent choice for your road or gravel bike:

1. Precision Engineering:

Shimano has earned a reputation for its commitment to precision engineering, and the 105 groupset is no exception. Cyclists benefit from the crisp and responsive gear changes, enhancing overall control and efficiency on the road and gravel tracks.

From my own experience and our staff members’, you can be assured your shifting will not be compromised even on rougher roads.

2. Innovative Technology:

One of the key reasons behind the success of Shimano 105 is the incorporation of cutting-edge technology. The groupset features technologies trickled down from its higher-tier siblings, like Ultegra and Dura-Ace.

Cyclists can enjoy advanced features without breaking the bank. The inclusion of technologies such as Dual Control Levers and Hollowtech II Cranksets ensures a performance-oriented yet cost-effective solution. Got some wiggle room in your budget? The Shiamano 105 brings Di2 shifting to a new set of riders. For those who have only experienced mechanical shifting and ergonomics, Shimano R7170 105 Di2 represents a transformation of the road cycling experience.

3. Durability and Longevity:

Cyclists demand reliability, and Shimano 105 delivers with its robust and durable construction. The materials used in the groupset are of high quality, ensuring longevity even under rigorous riding conditions.

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a daily commuter, the Shimano 105 groupset can withstand the rigours of diverse terrains and weather conditions.

4. Weight Considerations:

Weight is a crucial factor in cycling, especially for those looking to enhance their performance. The lightweight design of components like the Hollowtech II structure cuts weight yet maintains strength for better power transfer.

Of course there will be a weight savings when upgrading to Shimano Ultegra or Dura Ace (which may give you that extra edge for racing), but 105 is plenty light enough for enjoying long weekend epics and riding on the chain gang.

5. Affordability without Compromise:

One of the most compelling aspects of the Shimano 105 groupset is its affordability. Cyclists can enjoy some of the performance and features typically found in higher-end groupsets at a fraction of the cost. For less than £1000 (at the time of writing this post) you can grab the Shimano 105 R7170 Di2 Disc Groupset – in 12 Speed!

This accessibility makes the 105 groupset an attractive option for both seasoned riders looking to upgrade and newcomers seeking quality components for their bikes.

Whether you’re conquering challenging rides or simply cruising through city streets, the Shimano 105 groupset is a reliable companion, providing a quality cycling experience without breaking the bank.

Let us know if you are a fan of Shimano 105!


  • Alex Cowie

    Outdoor Leadership and Coaching BA (Hons) Keen cyclist, runner, and outdoor enthusiast. I have been cycling since I was very young and always had a love for the outdoors. I have completed many long distance events including ultra marathons such as the Chester 100, Berkeley Marathons UK and Gravel Century rides.

One comment to “Why choose a Shimano 105 Groupset? 5 Reasons…”
  1. I have 105 Groupset on my three bikes, commuter, gravel and son’s bike (that I use when he is away)

    Great value groupset. Don’t think you realise the difference until you ride groupsets lower in the range.

    I personally love the shifting of the 105 in comparison to Shimano’s more value range. Weight is less of a consideration as I am of a body size that I can lose some grams to make up for not going to a higher groupset 😀

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