Bike Groupsets - Breaking it down.

There are three main manufacturers, Shimano, Campagnolo, SRAM.  What's the difference between them?  They are similar weights and have been developed along similar lines.  Shimano and Campagnolo are thought to be the industry leaders and in fact the most established.

There is an element of personal preference with many people living and dying by one brand.  Probably the best consideration is the practical one.  Shimano is the most readily available and is also compatible with SRAM components which can at times be useful as it makes servicing and maintenance anywhere much easier.  However if you live in Italy Campagnolo will probably be in your blood...

If you're spending around £600 or under you should be getting either Tiagra, Veloce or Rival.  We would recommend though if you can afford to get a bike with a minimu of 105, Centaur or Force.  The reason why?  Basically one of the most frustrating things whilst training or racing is the gears slipping - this happens when you put more pressure on the pedals typically when you're riding up a hill and leads to a loss of torque.  Simply put, spend money on the moving parts.

 A Groupset is basically the moving parts on your bike.  The brake levers, brake callipers, crank, front chain rings, cassette, front and rear mechanisms, chain and your bottom bracket.

A Groupset is basically the moving parts on your bike.  The brake levers, brake callipers, crank, front chain rings, cassette, front and rear mechanisms, chain and your bottom bracket.

 This is a comparison table for you to help break it down.  There have been some new advances with SRAM at the top end but this will get you going!

This is a comparison table for you to help break it down.  There have been some new advances with SRAM at the top end but this will get you going!