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Difference between Ultegra and Dura Ace SPD-SL?(5 posts)

Difference between Ultegra and Dura Ace SPD-SL?benito
Nov 30, 2003 10:15 AM
They seem to be very similar - why the huge difference in price? Is it worth the extra $$ to go D/A?

re: Difference between Ultegra and Dura Ace SPD-SL?russw19
Nov 30, 2003 12:03 PM
The biggest difference is that one is a "Dura-Ace" pedal the other isn't.

The Ultegra level pedal doesn't have quite as nice of bearings, and the springs are heavier. It weighs a whopping 23 grams more for the pair and that's going to be the most noticable thing to you about them. OK I just lied. The most noticable thing is what you already pointed out... the price.

The Dura-Ace level pedal uses the same body and spindle, but slightly nicer bearings and lighter springs. But the overall difference in the pedals is minimal except that some people will actually pay that much more for 23 grams and the fact that the better pedals say Dura-Ace on them.

If your ego doesn't care that you are riding Ultegra pedals, your feet and legs won't either... get the Ultegras.

re: Difference between Ultegra and Dura Ace SPD-SL?WOY
Nov 30, 2003 5:51 PM
I agree with Russ. Moreover there is one more small difference. Physically the DA pedals have a lower profile; ie the platform is closer to the axle which allow the rider to sit lower and have a overall lower centre of gravity. However we are talking a few mm here so you decide on the performance benefit.

The lower profile is only on the 7800 DA Pedal..DIRT BOY
Dec 1, 2003 1:45 PM
The DA 7750 is the same as the Ultegra.

PD-7800 282g
PD-7750 273g
PD-R600 Ultegra 304g

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Ultegra are pdeal wrench compatible ..Steve Young
Dec 1, 2003 3:04 PM
I have both - Ultegra on my fixie and DA on my geared bike. The pedals are indistinguishable in use (to me at least) BUT the DA pedals lack wrench flats on the spindle which makes it necessary to use an allen wrench to remove them. The ultegras have flats and a key slot in the spindle so can be used with either a pedal wrench or an allen wrench.