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Just put Dura Ace Shifters On And...(9 posts)

Just put Dura Ace Shifters On And...szybki
Jun 5, 2002 5:55 AM
I can't believe how much better they are compared to the Ultegra stuff. Shifting is crisp in both directions and they levers "feel" more substantial. Also installed a new chain and rear der., the Ultegra stuff had about 15000 mi on it, was getting sloppy, may be the cause for the huge performance difference. Had the internal debate with myself about calling in sick to work today. I came in, but the new bike parts are still calling me...

Anyway, anyone else notice this huge difference between Ultegra and Dura Ace? Was my Ultegra stuff just worn out? When new do they perform the same? Just curious.
Thanks for that review...bigdave
Jun 5, 2002 6:00 AM
I've been considering a DA shifter upgrade, but was just about to slap the Ultegras on again. I mean, the Ultegras are better than nothing, but if the DAs perform that much more precisely than the Ultegras, I'll just go that way.

-Dave
Single best upgrade you can do to an Ultegra based bike...g-money
Jun 5, 2002 9:09 AM
The rest of the stuff is nice if your a gear weenie (I am) but in terms of substantial performance these are hands down the best upgrade you can do to your bike. Night and day compaired to Ultegra shifters...
I found a noticeable difference too!! [nm]jagiger
Jun 5, 2002 9:27 AM
not a huge difference, but worth it.jw25
Jun 5, 2002 9:42 AM
When building my new frame up, I chose D-A shifters over Ultegra. I was questioning the extra $, but I'm happy I went for them.
I didn't spend a lot of time on Ultegra, but friends have had problems over time. Ultegra STI seems to start out crisp (but not as crisp as D-A), but quickly gets softer, then stiffens up as things get dirty. You can flush the mechanisms out, but they never go back to that first crispness.
The 2002 Ultegra might solve this, but I have no experience with it.
I got D-A cranks, too, but they were a deal. At retail, I'd go Ultegra everywhere else.
In another 15000 miles, you'll be happy you got the Dura Ace. Enjoy
not a huge difference, but worth it.Juanmoretime
Jun 5, 2002 9:49 AM
I had Ultegra on my bike and upgrade everything except the brakes. I couldn't justify saving and once and no better performance. I actually found Dura Ace calipers to be more flexy than Ultegra. Anyway the shifting is much better than the Ultegra. I just barely touch the shifter and it shifts. I found with Ultegra you would have to hold the shifter to make sure the shift completed. It was adjusted correctly. Dura Ace does work better.
Thanksszybki
Jun 5, 2002 10:21 AM
Glad to hear it's not just my imagination.
15,000 miles on a single chain?Paul
Jun 5, 2002 10:44 AM
would have to guess that any shifter would seem to work better with a new chain/der. Still using the old cassette? I have both Dura Ace and Ultagre shifters, and yes, Dura Ace is somewhat crisper in shifting, and built more solid. Like the other person said, one of the better upgrades you could make. Though my friend had a fairly new Dura Ace left shifter break on him recently.

I wouldn't call it a hugh diff., but with replacing your old, used stuff, it must seem like a new bike.

Have fun
15,000 miles on a single chain?szybki
Jun 5, 2002 11:14 AM
No, went through several chains, SRAM chains suck IMO.