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ultegra to DA upgrademoschika
Jun 21, 2003 8:26 AM
what would be the one thing worth upgrading if given the chance.

i'm putting a parts kit together for my new bike and have it mostly ultegra except for the crank and RD which is DA, stem&post are thomson, bars i think will be ttt forma, headset cane creek s-2, the wheels are ultegra/open pros, most likely.

i'm thinking i may be able to upgrade one more component to DA. what would be the better upgraded component?

re: ultegra to DA upgraderussw19
Jun 21, 2003 10:19 AM
The hubs are effectively the same but the DA uses a Ti freehub body... but it's not that big of an upgrade performance wise. The front derail. is the absolute last thing I would do, but I live in Florida and don't shift my fd that often... also, it's the cheapest on your list. I have heard that the DA brakes are much nicer than the Ultegras, but I will also tell you that I have never personally riden the Ultegra brake so I am going off of hearsay. Again, I live in Florida (in a flatter part) and I don't use brakes like someone in Colorado will have to use them. From my standpoint, I am sure both would be nearly equal in performance, but the DA brakes look nicer and are lighter.

So that leaves the Shift/Brake Levers. That's where I would start with the upgrades. Even before your cranks. The DA shifter is a lot nicer than the Ultegra. The Ultegra uses a lot of plastic in it and has a tendency to rattle, it is not as precise, it misses shifts more often (which to be fair is still not that much... hey it's still Shimano) and it's lighter *the Dura-Ace that is!*.

If it were my money, I would go Dura-Ace on the shift/brake levers. If I couldn't afford it, I would get those before the crank upgrade. Also, there are some good cranks out there that are Dura-Ace quality that aren't as expensive as Dura-Ace. The Ritchey pro crank is nice, and the aluminium FSA crank is really nice too.

Hope that helps you

I agree.....davet
Jun 21, 2003 11:57 AM fact I have upgraded from Ultegra to Dura Ace shifters. While the Ultegras were good (no problems, no rattles) the Dura Ace is, IMHO, so much better. Smoother. Easier. I am in the process of upgrading all my bikes to Dura Ace shifters.

If you shop well, you can find new Dura Ace shifters for about $50.00 more than new Ultegra.

A Dura Ace rear dérailleur is quite a bit nicer shifting than an Ultegra, for about $35.00 more

Cranks don't make a big difference, except perhaps in the ego factor (I've got Dura Ace cranks!)

Try here for pricing on Shimano stuff
Me too! nmthe bull
Jun 21, 2003 12:12 PM
Jun 22, 2003 1:55 PM
thanks on the feedback. esp. about the hubs.

i'm getting the parts from the frame builder so i'll look into the cost of the upgrades.

re: the crank, i'm 'upgrading' that because aesthetically(one of the most important factors) i think that's one of the best looking pieces of equipment out there.
Hey you!Zonic Man
Jun 23, 2003 7:12 AM
I did the same thing, from a frame mfg.

I went:

Dura Ace:
-rear derailleur

All the rest ultegra. And the ultegra stoppers are PLENTY powerful. Grabbed too much rear brake this weekend around a corner and almost lost it at about 50.
i'll ask you about it this weekendmoschika
Jun 23, 2003 7:18 PM
at d-ville.