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Dura Ace v. Ultegra cranks, difference?(6 posts)

Dura Ace v. Ultegra cranks, difference?matt111
May 31, 2001 9:47 PM
I have to replace the bent crank on my road bike and was trying to figure out if there is that much difference in the newer crank. I have heard the strength, durability, weight savings arguments, do any of these hold true? Just wanted to see if the $100 was worth the investment.
Thanks for the advise,
Matt
why not 105?Barney Gumble
Jun 1, 2001 7:11 AM
The 9 spd Ultegra crank arms and the 9 spd 105 crank arms look almost alike. (slightly better finish on the Ultegra)

If not for the Ultegra or 105 markings on the crank arms, most would not be able to tell the difference.
re: Dura Ace v. Ultegra cranks, difference?Ian
Jun 1, 2001 1:18 PM
I couldn't tell you what the exact difference between the cranks arms are, but the D/A chainrings are nickel plated. Nickle plating is very hard and very slick, so the D/A will last a little longer and shift a little better.
re: Dura Ace v. Ultegra cranks, difference?JohnG
Jun 2, 2001 1:56 PM
You might want to also consider the asthetic issues. IMHO, the Ultegra crank is beyond ugly.

YMMV JohnG
re: Dura Ace v. Ultegra cranks, difference?gwilliams
Jun 4, 2001 5:42 AM
Keep your eyes open and you may be able to find a good deal on Dura-Ace cranks, I once got a set from Performance for $129. I think Supergo had them for $149 about a month ago.

Gary
re: Dura Ace v. Ultegra cranks, difference?veloboy
Jun 4, 2001 2:14 PM
I rode 600/ultegra seven and then eight speed through the nineties and then went full dura ace nine speed last year when I build a new bike. I don't know that I notice any real difference in feel or even performance for that matter, even after going from 172.5 to 175's.

The numbers say they are lighter and they are definitely cooler looking. I recently saw that REI.com (of all places) had dura ace cranks for $190, best price I've seen.

I will say though that the dura ace group as a whole, has a better feel to it than Ultegra. I have a few thousand miles on the set-up already and although there are some blemishes, the components look great and are holding up really well.

If you do go dura ace and change your bottom bracket as well, don't go with the regular bottom bracket (7700), its kind of a pain to install/adjust and requires a special lock ring wrench to do it right. Either go with the ultegra or the dura ace track bottom bracket. They zip in with a shimano cartridge bottom bracket tool and you are done.