Shimano Sora groupset review

Everything you need to know about the Shimano Sora groupset

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Shimano Sora is the tough nut in the Shimano groupset family. In fact, rather than think of it as an inferior product, we see it simply as a groupset designed for a different role. If you’ve got a road bike that you want to pedal without worry all year, through all conditions, Sora offers an almost perfect mix of function, resilience and wallet-friendly performance.

Reasons to buy
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    Super reliable shifting

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    11-32t cassette compatible means wide range of gear options

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    Compact or triple chainsets

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    Excellent value for money

Reasons to avoid
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    Only nine-speed

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    Poor stock brake blocks

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    Black finish is a bit low-rent

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The Shimano Sora is possibly the most easily overlooked groupset in the company's range. While budget bike hunters are impressed by the effective gear swapping of low-end options such as Shimano's Claris and Tourney, and more demanding riders look towards — on a sliding scale — Dura-Ace, Ultegra, 105 and now 10-speed Tiagra, Sora tends to exist on those bikes which are not eye-catching bargains, nor particularly aspirational.

Buy now: Shimano Sora groupset from Chain Reaction Cycles for £259.99

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