I 'advance ordered' the silver Shimano 105 R7000 groupset from Vanilla Bikes on 11th October, having been told that it should be dispatched on 19th Oct. Since no-one else was offering this groupset in silver at this point, I was slightly dubious of the promised delivery, but ordered anyway. Was therefore very pleasantly surprised when DHL notified me that they wanted to deliver on 22nd! When the package arrived, it was exactly as I had specified, clamp on front derailleur included:- all items in original manufacturers packaging.
Although initially taken aback that Shimano no longer supply 'proper' instalaltion instructions with their components, I soon found all the required information in 'Dealer Manuals' on the 'Shimano Technical Documents' website, and with this I was able to install the groupset with no problems.
After two good rides, I am very happy with the performance of the groupset. It has replaced a 5700 series 105 groupset, which had worked very well for eigth years (and now graces my winter bike), and is a definite advance in every area:- both front and rear gear changes are smoother and more accurate, and the brakes are superb. The 'feel' of levers and hoods is good (althouigh I was always very happy with 5700 in this area.
So:- a very worthwhile, cost-effective upgrade, and superb customer service from Vanilla bikes