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What's in a cassette?(5 posts)

What's in a cassette?RoyGBiv
Mar 28, 2002 10:20 AM
Evidently, if it's Dura Ace, there's a bit of titanium. And that, apparently, is why they cost $100 more than Ultegra.
I just ordered a set of Kysrium Elites and the LBS talked me into the Ultegra cassette - because they're $100 cheaper and not that much more heavier than the Dura Ace.

Should I get on the phone and change my mind back to Dura Ace?
You paid $800 for the wheels too, didn't you?pmf1
Mar 28, 2002 11:12 AM
You can get the Ultegra cassette for around $40, the DA for about $70. The difference is $30, not $100.

The DA is lighter and has several of the larger cogs made of titanium. The Ultegra is heavier, but will last longer. Both function identically.

Also, you can get those Ksyrium wheels on-line for $600 or less.
No, paid $750 (Canadian) for the Kysriums ...RoyGBiv
Mar 28, 2002 1:34 PM
... which works out to about $470 (U.S.)
As for the cassette, the LBS had his books out on the counter: The D/A 12-27 with three big cogs made of titanium were $185 Canadian ($115 U.S.); the Ultegra 12-27 was $90 ($56 U.S.).
The LBS mentioned that the Ultegra might last longer.

I've considered on-line purchases from abroad but the currency exchange, even from Britain, is a killer. And, then there's shipping, taxes and duty.

Brian C.
No, paid $750 (Canadian) for the Kysriums ...grzy
Mar 28, 2002 3:15 PM
Unless you're dying to spend the money and have to have the lighter unit you'll be fine with the Ultegra and it will last longer. Maybe you can get a bud in the States to send you one as a personal thing.
Wait on DADCP
Mar 28, 2002 4:56 PM
You will need a new cassette eventually, and you might want one with different gears. In the off season, I bought I DA 12-23 (those 12-27's are a lot more) for $55 (US) US mail order, although I have forgotten where. Do I notice a difference? I think so, but then I was moving from a 12-25 105 and I think the difference in weight was about 200 grams for me.