Is this upgrade worth $500~
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    Is this upgrade worth $500~

    Have not bought a road bike in 35 years. I am looking a the Cannondale Touring 1 or 2. I need the more relaxed geometry and low gearing. I am 62 y.o. primarily interested in rides of less than 50 miles. In the humble opinion of the knowledgeable group, is the upgrade from Touring 2 to Touring 1 worth the price of admission (additional $500). I don't mind paying the price if the componentry is more than a minor jump in quality.

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    Touring 2
    Rims Mavic A119 w/eyelet and machined sidewall, 36 hole
    Hubs Shimano LX
    Spokes DT Swiss Champion, 14g
    Tires Schwalbe Marathon Racer w/RaceGuard belt, 700 x 32c, Reflective
    Pedals Wellgo alloy cage w/clip and strap
    Crank Shimano FC-M443, 26/36/48
    Chain Shimano 9-speed
    Rear Cogs Shimano CS-HG50, 11-34
    Bottom Bracket Shimano Octalink BB-ES25
    Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra Triple
    Rear Derailleur Shimano LX
    Shifters Shimano Tiagra
    Handlebars Cannondale C3, 31.8mm
    Stem Cannondale C4, 17 degree rise
    Headset VP-A05AC, sealed cartridge bearings
    Brakeset Tektro Oryx cantilever w/cartridge pad
    Brakelevers Shimano Tiagra
    Saddle Fizik Rondine Mg
    Seat Post Cannondale C3 2014 Alloy

    Touring 1
    Rims Mavic A719 w/eyelet and machined sidewall, 36 hole
    Hubs Shimano LX
    Spokes DT Swiss Competition, 14/15g
    Tires Schwalbe Marathon Racer w/RaceGuard belt, 700 x 32c, Reflective
    Pedals N/A
    Crank Shimano 105 Triple, 30/39/50
    Chain Shimano 105
    Rear Cogs IRD 10-speed, 11-32
    Bottom Bracket Shimano 105
    Front Derailleur Shimano 105 Triple
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra Triple
    Shifters Shimano Ultegra
    Handlebars Cannondale C3, 31.8mm
    Stem Cannondale C4, 17 degree rise
    Headset Cane Creek S-1
    Brakeset Tektro Oryx cantilever w/cartridge pad
    Brakelevers Shimano Ultegra
    Saddle Selle An-Atomica Titanico LD Watershed Clydesdale, Golden color
    Seat Post Cannondale C3 2014 Alloy

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    I would guess that most will say yes. The jump from Tiagra to 105/Ultegra mix is a big enough jump that you will notice it in terms of more precise shifting.

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    The 1, while having lesser components, features much lower gearing than the 2. That difference probably won't be significant to you unless you go loaded in mountainous areas.
    Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
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    Yes I'd say it's worth the $500 difference, 105/Ultegra is fantastic.

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    I bought the T800 by C'dale. About a month ago the Tiagra front derailor spring broke. My T800 has 14200km on it. I went and bought an Ultegra triple FD. It shifts the same as the Tiagra but the build quality is much better.

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    The 105 is a better group. I would expand my search and check out other bikes and see what is out there....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sstalker
    Have not bought a road bike in 35 years.
    Not sure if you're now riding the bike you bought 35 years ago, but if you are, chances are you'll keep the Cannondale for that long as well. In that case, $500 for longer-lasting components like 105 is a no-brainerógo for it. (FWIW, that comes out to 3.92 cents/day )

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    The biggest jump in quality you can get with a groupset is from tiagra to 105. I'd say it's worth it.

    The Shimano LX is just complete crap.

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    Thanks to all. You confirmed what I suspected. I have never had buyers remorse from buying quality, but have had it by buying inferior. Yes, I still have my 35 yo Raleigh Grand Prix, but am concerned about the integrity of the frame. I see minor rust at the lugs and figured why chance it. Will be retiring next June and figure I will be able to ride a lot more than the 5-10 miles I get in daily now. I travel extensively for work right now so my little riding time I get is precious.

    Steve - Toledo

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