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What's the difference between Dura Ace and Dura Ace "Team"(7 posts)

What's the difference between Dura Ace and Dura Ace "Team"BAi9302010
Jun 5, 2002 5:40 AM
Anyone know what the difference is between Shimano Dura Ace and Shimano Dura Ace "Team" components? I always thought that Dura Ace was top of the line, but then I heard that team was better.thanks for the help
Jun 5, 2002 5:49 AM
I think it's just logos.
what I readBAi9302010
Jun 5, 2002 5:55 AM
If I remember correctly, I think I read that the springs were better or something, but I'm not sure if this is correct. I know that in the 25th annaversary components, Shimano replaced some of the alloy and steel parts with ti, funny that they didn't keep doing this though because campy just keeps getting lighter and lighter (using more exotic materiels), but Shimano has mostly remained the same.
what I readDougSloan
Jun 5, 2002 5:58 AM
It's cheaper to buy the SRP bolts and put them in yourself, as I recall. I think the 25th parts had some of them, but not the Team.

When the SRP bolts are installed, DA is lighter than Record (maybe not with the new carbon (recalled?) crank), though.

Nothing in 2002BipedZed
Jun 5, 2002 6:11 AM
When the team components first came out the team DA shifter had heavier springs in the STI levers for a more positive feel. Shimano incorporated those springs in the 2002 stock DA levers so the only difference now are the logos.
And what about the "Optilink" sticker?Mike P
Jun 5, 2002 8:59 AM
I just received a new Dura Ace crankset and it has an Optilink sticker on it. What is Optilink? The crankset looks the same as my old one.

It's "octalink"JS
Jun 5, 2002 9:03 AM
and it's just a fancy marketing name for Shimano's spline BB/crank interface. I imagine it's to differentiate from the new ISIS standard.