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quick question for Dura Ace owners(16 posts)

quick question for Dura Ace ownerscory
Nov 6, 2001 2:59 PM
I'm upgrading a(nother) bike that I haven't used in a few years, going from worn-out old Shimano stuff to a mix of Ultegra and 105. I have the same components on another frame, so I know they'll work fine.
What I'm wondering, though, is how many of you think the extra money for DA is worth spending. For function alone, I mean, not looks or the ability to say, "Yeah, it's full Dura Ace" or whatever. Won't affect my purchase; I'm just curious.
re: quick question for Dura Ace ownersmorey
Nov 6, 2001 3:09 PM
I have Dura Ace, I would not upgrade!
Went from Ultegra to Dura-AceJS
Nov 6, 2001 3:15 PM
The only thing I absolutley would do again is the the Dura-Ace STI shifters, these are MUCH better than Ultegra. All the other stuff is probably lighter and more durable but I haven't noticed any huge improvements. The crankset( Dura-Ace) looks cool too.
AGREE!....Colombian Climber
Nov 6, 2001 4:15 PM
I also have dura ace and the only part really worth it is the sti set. and maybe the rear Der. Everything else, unles you are racing and want to impress your bike pals, is not worth it!.
100% true. STI only, and you're fine. nmmetonymy3
Nov 6, 2001 6:42 PM
not much differenceDog
Nov 6, 2001 8:04 PM
For function alone, won't make a darn bit of difference. The Ultegra BB is superior.

With DA, you get a little more polish, lighter weight (200 grams?), and maybe, just maybe, a little bit more smoothness and durability.

I doubt blindfolded many people could tell the difference.

Nov 7, 2001 6:14 AM
I agree that the shifters are a bit better with DA and the Ultegra BB is better.

Do you guys notice that the cranks get ugly real fast? Its purely aesthetic, but the DA cranks on my bikes get pitted and crappy looking pretty quick. Ultegra don't seem to do this.
Nov 7, 2001 9:55 AM
Why Ultegra at all? 105/DA is a better bet IMHO - for the $ difference between 105 and Ultegra, you don't get a lot of weight, and no performance, advantage (and I think the 105 shifters are better anyway). So, if you want to save some weight and get better shifters, go DA, if you want to save some $, go 105.

Assuming you are buying new parts of course.

I can't remember what the difference in weight between 105 and DA is - but it's not a lot if you take the rear cogs outta the equasion (unless we are talking weight weenie judgement here). 105 is good and durable too.
Question/opinon105 shifters ...
Nov 8, 2001 5:53 PM
I don't call those 105 STI shifters !, worse then Ultegra.
Ultegra and DACyclorocket
Nov 8, 2001 6:07 PM
I changed my Ultegra STI to DA ones. my Ultegra shifters got stuck two times, left was so stuck that I ran 90km without my 39 chainring (no prob : it wasn't hilly).

DA shifters are 900km and are working very well.
Ultegra is ok,
1-ders are not flawless
2-can cut ½ lb with full DA but gain 300-400$ !

A good choice would be to get a DA cogs (cut weight) with shifters, rest would be Ultegra, meaby a zipp crank...(cut weight).

I don't think DA brakes for 50$ more then ultegra are working better ! (you don't wanna brake eny way)

Forget Ultegra shifters, 105 is even worse

Can't agreemuncher
Nov 9, 2001 4:20 AM
I have had 2 sets of 105 shifters (on 2 bikes I hastily add) - they have never missed a single beat, never stuck, wedged or anything else strange, and never ever begun to rattle, squeek or anything else - in short, faultless.
Mine were '00Cyclorocket
Nov 9, 2001 6:32 AM
How do you tell what year they are?muncher
Nov 9, 2001 6:48 AM
I have the latest set on a bike that I got earlier this year. How would one know if they were 00 or 01?
How do you tell what year they are?Cyclorocket
Nov 10, 2001 11:34 AM
If i could remember ...I think
'00 have 2 button on left STI or (right)
'01 have 1 on each.

If you don't have flightdeck (don't buy this at 100$), I think the lever is different.

Check on the net to be sure.

What's wrong with 105?I Love Shimano
Nov 8, 2001 11:42 PM
I've had them for a year already, and they have peroformed flawlessly. Not to mention they look almost like DA ('cept for the cranks) at half the price. Only buy D/A if you aboslutely positively believe that it is worth the money. IMO, I think it is worth the money.
It is worth the money, but shifters...Cyclorocket
Nov 10, 2001 11:39 AM
are not the same has D/A, mine and other people too have a tendence to get stuck sometimes, Ultegra are not better.
and they rattle a lot when downhilling.