shimano 105 groupset

Shimano 105 Groupset

Because the Shimano 105 groupset is known as the bargain racer on the Shimano lineup you can be guaranteed that it takes the best of the technologies in the more expensive sets such as Ultegra and Dura-Ace.  This quality and advanced technology is what makes the 105 such a great deal.  Its a bit like luxury cars – wait a year and the latest advances can be seen further down the line..

shimano 105

The Shimano 105 groupset brings the professional grade tech a lot closer to the everyday rider with the 105.  You will get a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment when you hit the road with a bike setup with Shimano gear.

The concept behind the 105 is smooth, round and natural and these features are what makes it stand out from the crowd.

There are many new technological improvements featured in the new Shimano 105.  For the price its performance is excellent.  It offers you the rider a no-nonsense performing groupset thats reliable and ultra durable.


The Shimano 105 Groupset – Lest break it down


Shimano 105 Brakes – BR-5700

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

First up is the shimano BR5700 brakes. Some of the key features to look out for are the improved braking system ergonomics.  Built up with new improved brake shoe compound.  Adjustable toe-in brake shoes.

  • Replaceable cartridge pads allow for easy pad installation
  • Forged body and improved pivot design
  • Barrel adjuster allows for easy cable tension adjustment
  • Shimano Reference Number: BR-5700

You can grab the fitting instructions here


Shimano 105 Sprocket – CS-5700

shimano 105 sprocket

Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars

Do not use the CS-5700 in any combination other than with the 10-speed super narrow chain. Other chains cannot be used as the sizes do not match.

An 11T and a 12T lock ring are available for use with the CS-5700.  Use whichever lock ring matches the sprocket configuration.

You should periodically wash the sprockets in a neutral detergent and then lubricate them again. In addition, cleaning the chain with neutral detergent and lubricating it can be a effective way of extending the useful life of the sprockets and the chain.

If the chain keeps coming off the sprockets during use, replace the
sprockets and the chain.


shimano 105 chain

Shimano 105 Chain

Overall Rating: 4.2 Stars

The Shimano 105 CN-5700 Chain isn’t just any old bicycle drive chain. This ultra-narrow, 10-speed specific chain has chromed link pins and heat-treated rollers, pins, and plates for optimum durability, as well as an asymmetrical profile designed to shift better on the front rings and the cassette. Since the action of climbing up the ramps and pins from one chainring to another is slightly different from climbing up one cog to the next, Shimano chose to shape the left and right side plates differently to optimize the chain for each specific purpose. Shimano also designed the outer plate to reduce the instance of chain suck. The result is a chain that works in harmony with their 10-speed systems to provide a shift quality unrivaled by any of their previous efforts. The Shimano 105 CN-5700 Chain is designed for use with 10-speed drivetrains only.


Shimano 105 Crankset

shimano 105 crankset

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

The 105 crankset has a slim body line & smooth rotation. It provides for optimum balance of light weight & stiffness. Front index is superior shifting performance.

  • Crank arm length is 170mm
  • HOLLOWTECH II crankset: Optimum balance of lightweight and rigidity
  • 50x34T Crankset
  • Bottom bracket not included

Installation instructions can be found here


Shimano 105 front Derailleur

shimano 105 front derailer

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

The 105 FD-5700 Front Derailleur follows this plan to the letter. Having adopted many of Dura-Ace’s technologies like the wider link design, without adopting Dura-Ace’s price level, we consider this the real bargain of the whole line. Like Dura-Ace, the links have been widened to make the shifter torsionally stiffer. All in all, the shifting will feel smoother, lighter, and more precise. It is different from 7900 in that the cage is wider and designed to work with a front STI shifter that still has an intermediate “trim” shift — Dura-Ace doesn’t have this feature anymore. Shimano says this front derailleur will work with older 6600 shifters, but considers it ‘B’ compatible — it works, but not perfectly. The Shimano 105 FD-5700 Front Derailleur is designed for compact (110mm bolt circle diameter) and standard (130mm bcd) double cranksets. There are three different versions — braze-on, 34. 9mm clamp and 31. 8/28. 6mm clamp (which comes with a shim to reduce the diameter from the larger size to the smaller). It can handle a big/small ring differential of up to 16 teeth.


Shimano 105 rear Derailleur

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Because the 105 adopts all of Shimano’s best features year after year, the latest 105 components encompass the  Dura-Ace and Ultegra technology from just a few years ago. That means the Shimano 105 RD-5701 Rear Derailleur is an exceptional piece of kit build on best of breed product design

shimano 105 rear rerailleur

  • Claimed Weight: 221 g
  • Speeds: 10
  • Maximum Front Difference: 16 T
  • Material: aluminum, steel
  • Recommended Use: road biking

The pivots on the body of the 5701 derailleur are wider than the previous model, and are thus better to resist flexing and twisting when you shift under load. That’s the secret sauce for better, faster shifting.

The installation instructions for the Shimano 105 rear derailleur can be found here


Shimano 105 Pedals

Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars

When it comes to pedals Shimano have really changed the game.  The SPD – recessed cleat and clipless pedal tech – are now the defacto go-to pedal for serious bike riders

Features include:

  • shimano 105 spd pedalsExtra-wide stainless-steel platform for efficient power transfer
  • Low maintenance sealed cartridge axle unit
  • Quick engagement with the large binding target
  • Adjustable cleat tension with handy indicators

Make sure your ride is equipped with Shimano 105 pedals or get left behind by the competition.


Shimano 105 Groupset

shimano 105 groupsetAs stated a few times above you really are getting a superb power-train when you invest in the shimano 105 groupset.  Shimano have taken the best bits from their complete selection over the past few years and incorporated them into the 105.  An absolute magnificent piece of technology that should be on your bike today.


Thanks for stopping by and as always please share this post if you think it would be of interest to others.  Cheers and happy cycling.


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