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shimano 105 vs. Campy daytona ? opinions please.(6 posts)

shimano 105 vs. Campy daytona ? opinions please.sorghum
Oct 1, 2001 2:40 PM
I plan to start entry level and club races next year and have limited $$(of course)to upgrade my bike. Can anyone advise on the "better" deal? meaning better performance for the $$.
I have Campy Avanti on my Bianchi at the moment so I am sure either is an upgrade. Thanks.
re: shimano 105 vs. Campy daytona ? opinions please.keyser soze
Oct 1, 2001 3:53 PM
I changed earlier this year from a Trek w/ 105 to a Bianchi w/ Daytona. While I'm much happier with the Daytona, I can't really cite any specific performance advantages. Its more of a "feel". The Daytona feels more deliberate (?) to me - more consistent and doesn't miss or skip. I happen to like the ergonomics better and the "click" you get when you shift with Campy. Try them both - the differences are, I think, more feel than quantifiable performance.
Upgrade opinionKerry Irons
Oct 1, 2001 5:06 PM
Unless you are having problems with your current group, you might not really benefit from an upgrade. Racing performance is probably more about wheels and frames than brakes and shifters. Perhaps you should try a few races and see how it goes - you may not even like it! Also, it's likely that your frame and wheels are a good match for your group, so if you do upgrade, things might be out of balance and you'll start on an expensive trail of upgrades. You might be better served with a new bike (or a couple years old racing bike on the used market).
Upgrade opinionsorghum
Oct 1, 2001 5:57 PM
good point! I'm sure the bike won't be the reason I'm off the back ! : )
re: shimano 105 vs. Campy daytona ? opinions please.mackgoo
Oct 1, 2001 5:27 PM
Sorry, I'm sort of getting tired of this. If you have to ask go with the Shimano.
Well, I went with Daytona.Leisure
Oct 3, 2001 5:37 AM
I'm with Kerry when it comes to upgrading on a budget. Better to hang on until things bust or wear-out or get a whole new bike. That said, I'll enter my quip on the original question anyway.
I'll be honest; I haven't had much reason to like Shimano. In mountainbiking I've kept trying to give them chances and have almost uniformly been disappointed. I prioritize on longevity and feel, and though Shimano has always been initially acceptable for the price it generally doesn't last. Obviously roadbiking presents different loads, but I didn't want to take chances. Bottom line is I went with Daytona, and I have been surprised at how similar it is to Chorus. The build quality of the hubs, shifters, and BB in particular are significantly better than Ultegra, while the derrailleurs are about the same depending on your priorities. The crank is not as stiff, but then I've seen so many busted Ultegra cranks it's ridiculous. The cassette I'm more concerned about over the long haul, but you have to be realistic at this price. Only time will tell. Again, this is from the perspective of someone that wants reliability over raciness, and is a bit weary of Shimano to begin with. If your priorites were different Shimano could be the better choice.