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DuraAce triple(13 posts)

DuraAce tripleCHRoadie
Dec 23, 2002 9:54 AM
I'm going to buy a new bike for myself for Christmas (go me!), and I'm seriously considering getting a DuraAce triple setup. However, I've heard a few grumblings about how Shimano designed the triple (not so much an issue for me since I can't imagine ever changing the chainring set) and how it operates. The latter is more of a concern for me, since I want to be able to use the full cogset with the 39. Does anyone have any experience with the DuraAce triple, and what are your impressions?
re: DuraAce triplepmf1
Dec 23, 2002 10:07 AM
I swapped out an old Ultegra triple for a new Dura Ace triple on one of my wife's bikes. Seems quite functional to me. The rear derailer is different than standard DA to accomidate shifting. The cage is quite a bit longer. I like the cartridge type bottom bracket (similar to Ultegra) much better than the Dura Ace double type BB. Simple to install and very little adjustment required. The shifters feel like standard DA shifters to me. I did not change the brakes, but how different can they be?

Its a big step above the Ultegra triple she had on there before (one of the older models with rattling shifters). Personally, I like a 39 tooth ring better than a 42 that came with the Ultegra. The Ultegra triple either had her grinding in a 42 or spinning like crazy in the 30 when she hit a decent size hill.
re: DuraAce tripleCHRoadie
Dec 23, 2002 10:25 AM
Thanks for your insight! Having a 39 rather than a 42 is one of the main reasons I'm looking at the DuraAce triple. I like the fact that it's got a standard 39/53, with the added option of a bail-out gear for those killer climbs. Since I won't be doing the installation (I'll let my LBS handle the assembly), I'm going to assume that functionally the triple works the same as the Ultegra.

Thanks again!
re: DuraAce triplepmf1
Dec 23, 2002 10:38 AM
It works better than the Ultegra IMO. DA shifters are nicer than Ultegra shifters. I agree that the 39 is way more desirable than the 42.

And even though your shop does the work, that pesky bottom bracket that comes with the DA double can give you problems. I got so sick of the one in my ti bike, I took it out, threw it away and installed an Ultegra.

Enjoy the new bike. What are you getting?
re: DuraAce tripleCHRoadie
Dec 23, 2002 11:06 AM
A Trek 5500. I've been riding an aluminum frame for the past few years, and I'm really looking forward to the upgrade to CF. And besides, I'm in love with the 2003 blue & silver USPS paint scheme. :-)
re: DuraAce tripleLen J
Dec 23, 2002 10:44 AM
Have one on my new Serotta. I changed out the 53 ring for a 50 and therefor substituted the Ultegra front der for the D/A (D/A is specifically designed for the 14 tooth drop from 53 to 39). You will love both the D/A Shifters, and the Sealed bearing BB (Compared to the reg D/A BB).

Operation of the Triple is totally (IMO) about setup and Chainstay length. Unless you have "crit short" chainstays and/or you have it set up by someone who doesn't know what they are doing, you will have little if any chain-rub & flawless shifting.

re: DuraAce tripleCHRoadie
Dec 23, 2002 11:08 AM
Thanks, Len! I'll be getting a Trek 5500 frame, so I doubt the chainstays will be an issue. And the guys at my LBS are very good at what they do!
re: DuraAce tripleJon Billheimer
Dec 23, 2002 11:18 AM
Ditto to what those guys said above. I changed mine over last year and it was the best upgrade I've ever done. Functionally the D/A triple is flawless. The only exception in my drivetrain is that I stayed with the Ultegra BB. I put a 13/23 cogset on the rear, which gives me a smooth, tight progression from top to bottom.
Love itjtolleson
Dec 23, 2002 12:14 PM
Just rode it all last season after 3 seasons on an Ultegra triple. The shifters provide a slightly better "snap" and, most importantly, that 39 gives me a much more limited need for the granny. The granny ring is now only desperate bailout time (the 15 percent stretch at the top of Left Hand canyon comes to mind) and I find myself climbing better for it. Slightly sleeker profile to the DA crankarm also means I'm not rubbing my heel on the crank every pedal stroke, too.

I've really enjoyed the DA triple. No worries.
Love itCHRoadie
Dec 23, 2002 1:14 PM
So I've got 3 positives and no negatives. That's reassuring. Thanks!
Nothing says that I am fat, but rich quite like it!LC
Dec 24, 2002 12:02 PM
Well at least until they come out with Campy Record Carbon Fiber Triple.
Better than being poor and stupidpmf1
Dec 26, 2002 4:55 AM
There's nothing wrong with a triple. My wife has one and she is not the least bit fat. I've known really good riders who live in hilly areas (e.g., San Fran) who use them.

I realize you're too cool to have one on your bike, but why not be polite to those who do? Maybe one day they too will be a stud rider like yourself.
Wanna race??..............(nm)Snyder
Dec 26, 2002 5:29 PM