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Upgrade Shifters or hubs from Ultegra or Dura Ace(7 posts)

Upgrade Shifters or hubs from Ultegra or Dura Aceabelson
Jan 16, 2003 4:06 PM
I am going to order my new bike soon (Gunnar Sport) I am going to build it with Ultegra compnenets (triple) but I will have a little money left over. What are people's thoughts on upgrading the hubs or the shifters to Dura Ace? Or is their no real advantage to either?
This is a neat question...Uncle Tim
Jan 16, 2003 6:36 PM
...and a good one.

The Ultegra hubs are good ones but the DA hubs are better and quite a bit lighter. The Ultegra shifters are good (until they fail!) but the DA are better and will almost certainly last longer.

My choice: I would go for the upgraded wheels. If you service them properly, they should last you many, many thousands of miles and will have more of an impact on your riding.

The Ultegra shifters will fail eventually (I've never had a failure short of 7000 miles), and you can upgrade them then.

Tough call.
DA Shiftersbsdc
Jan 16, 2003 7:33 PM
You'll be happy you did. That's one upgrade you'll feel every time you shift the bike. DA shifters have a shorter, crisper action.
re: Upgrade Shifters or hubs from Ultegra or Dura AceMR_GRUMPY
Jan 16, 2003 8:01 PM
Ultegra hubs work just fine. The Dura Ace rear changer doesn't cost much more than the Ultegra. The first thing that people notice about a bike are the shifters and the rear changer.
Definitely go with the shiftersspeedisgood
Jan 17, 2003 7:42 AM
I think you notice quality more easily with the things you constantly touch: bars, bar tape, seat, shoes, and of course shifters. Always go quality with that stuff. The step from Ulegra to DA shifters is huge. Crisper, shorter shifts and a better shape to the plastic body (rounder).

Ultegra hubs will be fine, especially if they're for training. If you want nice wheels for racing, get a NICE set of wheels and use them for racing only. I have DA hubs on my training wheels and they're overkill for the purpose (they came with the bike). They're heavy and slow because I run 2 tires and thick tubes for puncture protection.
You run TWO tires per wheel????shirt
Jan 20, 2003 9:16 AM
Yup.speedisgood
Jan 20, 2003 8:39 PM
Cut the beads off an old tire, stuff it in the new one and mount the combo as normal. Makes your training wheels bullet proof. Plus, it makes those $1k race wheels feel REALLY light on race day!