I likle the look of the Tiagra but I've read a few reviews suggesting that the spring anchor is fragile.
Mmmm, I had a tiagra level FD-443 for my flat bar road shifters on my ridgeback day 02 which worked flawlessly in all weathers for circa 20,000miles over 8-9 years.
Personally I would say don't let a couple of failures from tens of thousands of units put you off, but for the price of a new low end unit being fairy resonable I think it makes sense to buy new anyway
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1990's Gitane VITUS GTI Triple Butted
1996 Raleigh Titanium Special Products Division
2007 Specialized Globe Pro
2007 Specialized Globe Expert Ultegra 6700
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