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Looking to upgrade my bike!(5 posts)

Looking to upgrade my bike!theWdotY
Jun 10, 2003 7:21 AM
Hey Hey,

I have an old Specialized Allez with a 6speed cassette on it. My Campy derailleur is on its last legs and its come time to replace it. I don't want to spend a fortune and looking to upgrade my drive train to 9 speed and get STI shifters. I'm leaning towards an Ultegra rear der., but didn't know if anyone would suggest maybe just getting the 105 instead or a similarly priced Campy. I bought the bike used so I've never used anything else than the Campy that's on the bike now. Thanks for the help in advance!!

dude, 105 is plenty nice. [nm]niteschaos
Jun 10, 2003 8:08 AM
Just a thought...Lone Gunman
Jun 10, 2003 3:29 PM
The STI shifters take (next to a chain and pulleys) the most abuse. Put money into the shifters and go with Ultegra shifters and put 105 derailleurs on along with a new cassette (105), chain and rings(105).

You do realize that first you need to spread the dropouts to accommodate the 130mm spacing of a 9 speed cassette and also buy a new rear wheel to use a 9 speed cassette?
You might consider saving your money.Kerry
Jun 10, 2003 5:44 PM
You're talking about investing several $100 and spreading the rear end of a bike that MIGHT be worth $150-200. Is this really a wise move? Are you sure it is even a cassette? With six speed, more likely a freewheel. Even so, you'd need new derailleurs, new shifters, new chain, and a new back wheel plus likely the cost of aligning the rear end after it's been spread. You might be ahead to put that money (and little more) into a 3-4 year old high performance used bike. You'd end up with a MUCH better overall product.
Most upgrades don't make economic sense.Spoke Wrench
Jun 11, 2003 9:06 AM
As a general rule, the cheapest place to buy bicycle components is bolted onto a frame. Once you make the decision to upgrade to 9-speed and STI, you sometimes find yourself needing additional new parts that you hadn't figured on to make the whole thing work. You could find yourself coming closer to the price of a good used bike than you might think.