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Ultegra STI compared to Dura-Ace STI . How much better?(4 posts)

Ultegra STI compared to Dura-Ace STI . How much better?teacherguy
Mar 22, 2002 11:25 AM
As well as the rear derailers? Thanx
re: Ultegra STI compared to Dura-Ace STI . How much better?KEN2
Mar 22, 2002 11:44 AM
Depends partly on year... from other posters on this board it appears that Shimano has improved Ultegra, at least the famous rattle problem. I have 2001 Ultegra on my commuter bike, and 2000 DA on my road bike. The DA shifts more smoothly and positively, and I expect it to last longer with the ball bearings vs. bushings. It is a jump in price, though.

Can't notice any diff in rear derailleur performance.
re: Ultegra STI compared to Dura-Ace STI . How much better?jakerider
Mar 22, 2002 12:54 PM
I just jumped from ultegra to dura ace and the best description I can think of
is "crispness". Your shifts with da seem like an action as opposed to a reaction
Dura ace is definitely, quicker and smoother. Is da worth the dough? mmmmm,
depends on your application. Ultegra is easily more than adequate.
It depends...AFred
Mar 22, 2002 2:07 PM
...on the use and what type of rider you are. I find that DA provides crisper, more positive shifts. I don't notice much difference between the brakesets. I'm finicky, so I like not having to worry about fiddling with the DA equipment in order to keep it running quietly. I didn't pay the extra money to go from Campy Chorus to Record on my other setup because I find the performance identical, and I'm not concerned with the weight savings. It all comes down to what you want to get out of the equipment. Good luck.