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Advice needed on Ultegra STI Shifters(7 posts)

Advice needed on Ultegra STI Shifterschanhoward
May 9, 2003 12:07 PM
I am deciding to get either the Shimano Dura-Ace or Ultegra Shifter. If performance wise both are quite similiar I will be happy to settle on the Ultegra, cheaper etc
But after reading reviews in this webpage, it seems that the Ultegra have many problems. How true is that? Please give your opinion. Off course I do not mean cosmetic scratches or even the rattling issues, I would like to know if there are any performance issues.
Please advice
re: Advice needed on Ultegra STI Shifterspitt83
May 9, 2003 12:15 PM
I went from 105 to DA when the 105 died. Burned up the first set of DA; replacement have been OK and moved those to the new bike. I bought Ultegras to sell the original bike; they seemed OK.

The DA are significantly different than the rest of the Shimano family, unlike any other component they make. The pods are very different, the B-lever is metal, not plastic, etc.

The DA are probably worth the extra $. Get a deal if you can; my LBS sold me mine at $175 from a new bike stripped to go Campy. I bought the Ultegras with 20% off Nashbar coupon found here when on sale; total cost = $130.
It depends on a lot of things.MR_GRUMPY
May 9, 2003 12:25 PM
If you put in about 3000-4000 miles a year in good weather, I would recomend the Ultegra shifters. On the other hand, If you are a Cat 2 racer who puts in 12,000-15,000 miles a year in all kinds of weather, rain or shine, snow or heat, I would recomend the Dura Ace shifters.
If you have a pocketfull of money, why not go for it, and get the best. If you're pockets aren't deep, go with the Ultegra or even 105.
They Work FineRJF
May 9, 2003 12:38 PM
After 7 years of use, my 105 shifters finally died. I replaced them with Ultegra and honestly they seem to shift the same. Ultegra felt a bit "crisper" than the 105s, which probably was due to them being brand new. I don't have any rattling problems either -- yet. I've had them on the bike for about 6 months, and ride them in the rain pretty regularly (I live in Oregon and have no choice).

So, while I can't speak to Dura-Ace, my Ultegra work just fine. And for that matter, 105 is probably the best value of them all.

On second thought, sell it all and refit the bike with Campy Chorus. ;)
May 9, 2003 6:37 PM
I'd go D/A. the return springs on Ultegra tend to die on the right shifter at about 10,000 miles. You can't fix so you have to replace w/ whole shifter set. This is why you see tons of Ultegra left shifters on ebay. a 3 cent spring costs 130 bucks to 'fix'. Ult. can go down quicker if they get contaminated. D/A is made better lasts longer and is less prone to the "I can shift up, but I can't shift down" blues.
Plus the D/A's feel better.
Well stated, and don't forget 3 year warranty on D/A n/mcurlybike
May 9, 2003 6:41 PM
I have both.....johnrg
May 10, 2003 8:54 PM
and just raced with my Ultegras, the same ultegras I crashed with ruining a frame but the shifters work fine. I put dura ace on my other bike since it is not the one I may be crashing on. I've noticed the DA hoods are very slightly slimmer and have a small metal lever instead of plastic under the main brake arm. The shifting may be ever so slighly crisper w/DA while at the same time a stiffer detent on down shifting compared to the light feel of the Ultegra. I bought the DA while building up my second frame just for the sake of having the top of the line not due to performance. Both work well so on the bike I race and may crash I choose the Ultegra since I can replace them as needed for less or can add new 2004 dura ace when released.