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04 Dura -Ace(5 posts)

04 Dura -AceNatchez
Jul 4, 2002 10:17 PM
I am Thinking I can get one more year out of my well worn Ultegra kit. I have replaced chains and cogs but the levers are getting sloppy. I was looking to upgrade but I hear there is going to be big changes in 04. Here is my question although I think I can get one more year out of my Ultegra I need new wheels now my rear wheel hub is in poor shape. So I have saved and am about to throw down alot of money on a new set of K's SCC SL's but I would hate it if next year the wheels where not compatible with the new 04 Dura Ace because the rear spacing was different. What do you guys think? Do you think the 04 stuff will stay compatible?

Ride On
Jul 5, 2002 6:53 AM
The rear spacing will not change. The standard dropout dimensions have been set. Shimano would be nuts to make a new gruppo that is not compatible with millions of frames and wheelsets that are out there now. Campy reinforced that with their 10speed gruppo.
are there any informed rumors floting around about '04? (nm)Jekyll
Jul 5, 2002 7:06 AM
What's the worryKerry
Jul 5, 2002 3:53 PM
In order for things not to work, they would have to change the spline shape or the cassette spacing - neither seems likely. Alternatively, you could just save a bunch of money and get some DA/Aerohead wheels that would perform just as well as the Ks, and then complete the kit in '04 with the leftover $$.
What's the worryNatchez
Jul 5, 2002 8:33 PM
I have narrowed my wheel choice down to the K's or Velomax circit comp. The DA/Aeroheads will not be as lite nor will they have any aero benefit right? DA at best will build to like 1700g and that is with rev spokes and that is like a 350 doller wheel set Am I right about this? How would a traditional DA wheel perform as well or be as nice as the K's other then in the case of an emergancy repair? I have been wondering if one where to break or strip a nipple on the Ks can you replace them?

Any thoughts would be helpful thanks