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Newbie to Road ComponentsUTE
Apr 24, 2002 2:50 AM
Hey folks my firat quasi Road project is a Cross rig I'm building. As I look at components, I am trying to decide between Dura-Ace and Ultegra. I will be riding a fair amount of off-road with this, and not racing. Assuming that the price difference between the two is not the determining factor. Are their performance, durability and weight issues that should make my decision for me?? Thanx in advance, I'm really green when it comes to non MTB componentry.
Ultegra vs. Dura-AceNessism
Apr 24, 2002 4:43 AM
Think of this as the difference between XT and XTR. For a cross bike I would go with Ultegra. DA is a little nicer but quite a bit more money with the primary benifit being aesthetics.

Ultegra vs. Dura-Aceatpjunkie
Apr 24, 2002 12:15 PM
I agree. If you are going to ride it cross I'd avoid DA. It is lighter, prettier, the shifters are a little smoother and more expensive but if you are taking it off road use Ultegra. It's not as painful to replace, which you will if you ride cross. You may want to skip the STI's altogether and opt for Barend shifters and Brake levers. STI's tend to clog with mud and grit and die and are quite costly to replace. This set up is also lighter, I don't know how many people noticed but Lance used standard brake levers and downtube shifters to save weight on his climbing bikes. Also you will want a different chainring set up for cross than the standard 53-39 w/ 12-23. On a cross rig you will want a 48-39 and a 12-29 or so for the dirt. Good Luck, oh and go to, they have full build kits and a good price.