10-speed Ultegra vs modern Tiagra: which is better?

Does modern Tiagra actually outperform the 10-speed Ultegra groupsets that were once 'the racer's choice'?

10-speed Ultegra vs modern Tiagra
(Image credit: Future)

Top-end bikes have gotten just so expensive – does a model even count as 'flagship' these days if the price tag isn't running firmly into five figures? 

But rather than lament the fact that Dura-Ace is slipping ever further out of reach – if it ever really was that close to begin with – since the release of R9200 12-speed, let’s instead take a look right at the other end of the scale. It's worth taking a moment to reflect on just how good the lower-tier road bike groupsets have become. 

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