Shimano’s Sora groupset is the latest to have a make over, and it’s huge.
Last year we saw an all new Tiagra launched and today Shimano have announced that the 9 speed Sora is the latest to undergo the re-design.
Straight away you can see they’ve gone with the aesthetically pleasing 4 arm crank which makes it look like a high end groupset, this trickles down from the higher end groupsets like Dura-Ace.
The levers have a new look two and now come in a sleek two-tone black and grey gloss finish, again which trickles down from the higher tier stuff. The shifters have lost the gear indicator which used to appear so you could see what gear you are in which means the shifter will be a little smaller on top.
The cables for the shifter now run through the bar tape, so gone are the wires all over the front of the bike and will be tucked away neatly which looks a lot more sophisticated and clean.
You can get the new Sora groupset in compact (50-34t) or a trip (50-39-30t) crankset and can be combined with a large 11-34t cassette with use of a long arm front and rear derailleur. This is a huge range, you can be spinning up any hill with the 34t on the back whilst the 11t sprocket gives you enough to put the power down and not spin out on descents.
This is a great groupset for beginners and gives you the range of gears to go straight to the hills if you are just starting out. Also, Sora being towards towards the lower price range of groupsets it would make a perfect fit onto a winter bike or an urban/commuting bike especially as disc brakes are another thing they have introduced for this with Sora level mechanical disc brakes being an option.
The main thing i like about this is the cables running through the bars, I hate the wires all over the front over the bike. It’s not photogenic and quite frankly just looks messy plus when riding in the dark with them it casts a shadow at night when using a light. I’m not sure exactly what groupset this has trickled down from, probbaly 105 but it sure looks better than the previous Sora.
I can’t wait to see this fitted on some bikes.