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Hubs: DA vs. Ultegra(4 posts)

Hubs: DA vs. Ultegramainframe
Nov 4, 2002 10:14 AM
I'm going to have made wheels on CXP-33's, with DT revo's, etc. and was wanting to get thoughts on the benefits/differences between the above sited hubs. Thanks.
re: Hubs: DA vs. UltegraTrekFurthur
Nov 4, 2002 11:46 AM
No experience with Ultegra, but my DA hubs are the smoothest things I've ever rolled. Also, laced with 28 Revolution spokes to Open Pros, they build a light set of wheels (~1600 grams).
Used bothboneman
Nov 4, 2002 12:46 PM
Dura Ace are perhaps better finished, lighter by a bit, and I'm told with better bearings but in truth, I'm hard pressed to tell the functional difference. If you've got the money and like the model differential, get the Dura Ace. If you just want the functionality, get the Ultegra. I've used DA since 1974 and Ultegra (600) for the last 15 years and you can't go wrong with either.
DuraAce/ Open Pro is a good comboUncle Tim
Nov 5, 2002 8:20 AM
It's hard to beat that simple combination.

About a year ago, I built a set of Ultegra/ Open Pro wheels and they really did well. Very smooth rolling. Not the lightest wheelset, but they are solid and smooth. Great for long distance touring.

Lace some Open Pros to Dura Ace hubs and, if you go 3X, you will have a relatively light, solid wheel with an adequate degree of stiffness. I particularly like 3X lacing because it makes the wheels a bit more compliant. Great for mileage hounds. And if you have a spoke problem, you won't have to call a cab.