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Ultegra to DA upgradesgf99
Aug 18, 2003 5:37 AM
I'm planning on an Ultegra setup for a new bike and have a few hundred extra budget $s. Ultegra's the highest group I've used, so I'm wondering if there are any individual component upgrades to DA that are worthwhile. Thanks.
re: Ultegra to DA upgradesrussw19
Aug 18, 2003 7:17 AM
For a few hundred more, you should be able to get the whole Dura-Ace line.

Otherwise it seems that the weakest link in the Ultegra line is the shifters. Get the Dura-Ace there if you can... use the rest of your money and get yourself a really nice wheelset. It doesn't have to be a boutique wheel, just something nice, light, and handbuilt. Then spend the money on contact points to make sure you are comfortable on your bike. Don't waste your money on a new Dura-Ace rear derailleur only to have a saddle you don't like. Get a really nice saddle, bar, stem, some really good bar tape (I swear by Stella Azzura Pave' tape, or Cinelli Gel) and be comfortable. It will make more a difference than saving a few grams with a Dura-Ace derailleur.

Unless you are racing, and at a very high level, or you just want to have the best for the sake of having it, Ultegra is a fine group and most likely will suit your needs. I am not trying to make an assumption about your abilities on the bike, but I am still willing to say Ultegra will suit your needs.. it's really that good of a group. Dura-Ace is pro level, slightly lighter, and needs to be worked on constantly to stay as good as it is. Ultegra was designed a little more for everyday guys and gals and doesn't need the constant attention that Dura-Ace does.

Just my opinions....

Best advice I've seen here in awhile.OldEdScott
Aug 18, 2003 7:36 AM
The only thing wrong with Ultegra is the shifters (and even they can be OK; YMMV). But shifters are really the only obvious 'upgrade.' Beyond that, money spent on wheels and 'contact points,' as Russ pointed out, is money much more smartly spent.