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Dura-Ace versus Ultegra(4 posts)

Dura-Ace versus UltegraGE
Aug 29, 2002 12:48 AM
Hi all,
May I know the differences between Dura-Ace and Ultegra? All answers are welcome, pls post any info you have about Dura-Ace/Ultegra. Thank you.
re: $$$ versus $$Mike Prince
Aug 29, 2002 3:57 AM
Cost and finish are the bottom lines. My experience is that Dura-Ace shifts a bit more "crisply" than (older)Ultegra but other than that you will not be able to tell the difference. D-A is somewhat lighter and the bearing surfaces supposedly are a bit better than Ultegra as well.

There are many previous posts about D-A hubs vs. Ultegra hubs, same with shifters. Learn how to use the search function and that should answer your questions.

My old bike had Ultegra 9-speed with the first generation shifters, my newer one has mostly D-A (Ultegra brakes). The D-A stuff has a prettier finish and seems to shift a bit more precisely. Newer Ultegra shifters are reputed to be closer to D-A.

If you can afford Dura-Ace, get it. If not, get Ultegra. You won't regret either choice. Honestly, if I had to do another bike I'd probably do Ultegra with D-A STI. All I'd miss out on would be spending more cash.
re: Dura-Ace versus UltegraMauceri
Aug 29, 2002 7:57 AM
Weight and finish....same functionality.

EXCEPT the crank. I ride Campy, but if I was going to get all Shimano, I'd get all Ultegra and the Dura-Ace crank.

I have all Campy Chorus with Record Crank (Carbon).
when I asked same question on this forum...PeterRider
Aug 29, 2002 8:11 AM
I was said that D/A is better for:
- STI shifters
- brakes
- hubs

Personally, I changed Ultegra STI year 2000 shifters for D/A year 2002 ones, shifting is slightly better but I don't believe it's worth the cost difference.