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Shimano U vrs. Campy Daytona or Veloce(4 posts)

Shimano U vrs. Campy Daytona or Velocedarragh
Mar 20, 2001 2:42 PM
A friend of mine is getting into Road riding and she is looking at a couple of different frames. She has ridden the various frames and likes them all equally. One has Shimano Ultegra, one Campy Daytona and the other has Campy Veloce. All three bikes are priced in and about the same range. So, the question is how do the two Campy groups match up against the Shimano group, in terms of weight and performance?

Thanks.
re: Shimano U vrs. Campy Daytona or Velocefuzzybunnies
Mar 20, 2001 5:42 PM
I've owned and put a lot of miles on both the ultegra and the veloce and don't think that the veloce stacks up against ultegra. Never used daytona so I can't do much of a comparison. TTFN
I'm leaning Campy DaytonaMarlon
Mar 20, 2001 5:55 PM
Is it 10-speed Daytona? If so, it's an absolute must. If not, well, I'm ready to say... go Campy. I've used nothing but Shimano, and with the number of problems I've had, I'm just about ready to go "Forza Italia". Ultegra, yes, it's good, but I think Campy will be better in the long run.
re: Shimano U vrs. Campy Daytona or VeloceDaveG
Mar 21, 2001 8:07 AM
First let me say, at the risk of starting a war, that you cannot go wrong with any of those groups. In fact I'll go so far to say there is no such thing as a bad group in the Shimano or Campy lineup. That's not to say there aren't substantial differences. Right now Daytona and Ultegra cost approximately the same. Both have proven solid performance. To me it comes down to which levers you prefer. I like the layout (thumb tab and fixed brake lever) and more positive feel of Ergo better, buts that a personal preference. Have her try both and see what she likes. If she has small, weaker hands, she might find the lighter Shimano action preferable. Daytona is an outstanding value and would be my personal preference. I suspect that Ultegra wins slightly on weight if that really matters to here. You can do detailed comparisons on weight data at cbike.com. I am using Veloce now and it works great. Its not fair to compare it to Ultegra or Daytona since it's a price point grade below. Main delta is weight (again if that matters). The Veloce hubs are somewhat porky due to use of some steels parts in the rear hubs. They do spin incredible smooth though. Best of luck.