Shimano trickle down technology has finally found its way to the Sora groupset, and it is a game changer! The 2017 Tiempo is now equipped with a full Shimano Sora 3000 groupset, greatly increasing ride performance and overall quality.
If you have ridden Sora in the past it felt very entry level, basically like a 9 speed Claris system. Last year, we saw the trickle down of Shimano 105 5800 to the upgraded Tiagra 4700 system. For 2017, we have seen the same overhaul of the Sora groupset, leaving it with a sleek new look, lighter 4-arm crankset, smoother shifting, and internal cable routing.
Change You Can See & Feel
One of the first things that riders are going to notice on the 2017 Tiempo is the new Sora 3000 shifters. The new shifters have internal cable routing that goes under the bar tape, like other high end Shimano shifters. There are no more cables getting in the way and creating an eyesore for riders, making the whole feel cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing.
Another huge upgrade on the Tiempo is the lightweight and stylish 4-arm crank system, that mimics high end cranksets like 105 and Ultegra. For 2017 we also dropped the Sunrace 11-28T cassette, and upgraded it to a Shimano Sora 11-30T cassette for smoother shifting and a wider range of gearing options.
Having put a lot of miles on the 2016 Tiempo during testing, it has been thrilling to see the rapid improvements the new groupset makes. It is also great knowing you can still get high level performance from a value 9-speed group. If you are a rider on a budget or new to the sport of cycling, the 2017 Tiempo is a perfect option to get you out on the road and enjoying the ride!