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Is this true??(5 posts)

Is this true??Kunfoochi
Oct 8, 2002 1:36 PM
I was just reading a post when I stumbed upon this, which somewhat made me nervous, because I'm looking to buy a used Ultegra bike with components from '99.

"new shimano 105 is probably as good as ultegra from a few years ago and better than ultegra of 5-7 years ago..they pass the technology down each time they upgrade"

What do you all think about this?

re: Is this true??MXL02
Oct 8, 2002 1:55 PM
if it is, the differences are minor...certainly nothing that you will be able to discern.
'99 Ultegra mostly same as current generationweiwentg
Oct 8, 2002 2:51 PM
I don't know exactly what you're nervous about. '99 Ultegra (the 6500 series) is different from the last generation (600 series). other people can tell you what year Shimano switched to the 6500 series, but it was earlier than '99.
the first generation of Ultegra shifters had issues with rattling. there's an easy fix available (; at worst you will have to replace the shifters.
re: Is this true??Nessism
Oct 8, 2002 3:07 PM
Most, if not all, groups improve with each redesign. At some point I think it's fair to say that a lower line group (like 105 9 speed) will pass a higher line group from the past (like Ultegra 8 speed) in terms of functionality. One area that the lower level group is not likely to pass the higher level group is in terms of bearing quality. Ultegra uses polished races for the bearings whereas 105 does not (at least the 8 speed 105 stuff was this way). When judged by this standard, the higher level group is not being surpassed by the newer technology.

re: Is this true??Kunfoochi
Oct 8, 2002 4:13 PM
Ok, Thanks a lot, it's good to know this stuff =).