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9 speed upgrade- any Dura Ace?(6 posts)

9 speed upgrade- any Dura Ace?blw
Mar 20, 2003 4:45 PM
I am going to upgrade to 9 speed. Currently I have Shimano 600 STI shifters and derailleurs, with Ultegra cranks and BB. It has been recommended that I Stay mostly with Ultegra, but that it is worth the cost to upgrade to Dura-Ace STI shifters. Any thoughts if the extra cost is "worth the price" for the upgraded shifters? There seem to be some good sales going on now. Thanks.
Mar 20, 2003 7:56 PM
Are you buying an upgrade kit or are you buying the parts separate? Depending on whats on sale, either way may be cheaper.

However, you don't have the flexibility to pick and choose when you buy the complete kit, while you do when you buy the parts separate.

Do a search. Someone also said you can reuse your current rear derailleur when you upgrade to 9 speed.

Anyway, only you can determine what the extra cost is and only you can determine whether its worth it.

What kind of bike is it? If its really old, maybe its not worth it. If its a Merlin Extralight, then maybe it is.

Generally, the best value + performance is with Ultegra.
Mar 20, 2003 9:23 PM
I am buying the parts seperately. It is cheaper with some of the sales on now.
My bike is about 6 years old. It is a Kestrel 200SCI.
One of the guys I have riden with has said that the Dura-ace STI works much better than the Ultegra STI. I was wondering if others had the same opinion. I know it is subjective, but I would like to hear what others experience has been as I make my decision. Thanks for taking time to help.
Depends againFez
Mar 20, 2003 9:59 PM
True the DA shifters are better. But there is one important thing to note.

There are 2 versions of 9 speed Ultegra shifters. The more recent version was introduced in 2001 and is identified by a different color on the brake lever and it says Ultegra down each lever. The earlier version has no writing on the levers.

The early levers did not shift as well and many developed an annoying rattle after a few thousand miles. The later levers had better, more precise shifting performance and seemed to address the rattling problem.

I have used both and can tell you the current version is much nicer. I have never had any problems with the older levers, but the newer ones are different and preferable. Its subjective - they just feel nicer.

Often times people say Dura Ace shifters are worth it because they have just upgraded and are comparing a brand new pair of DuraAce shifters to a completely worn out first generation pair of Ultegra shifters. Not exactly a fair comparison.

So its your call. The newer Ultegra shifters are damn nice. THe DA ones are a little nicer.
re: 9 speed upgrade- any Dura Ace?Suds
Mar 21, 2003 5:34 AM
For a cost efficient upgrade - look at the right hand only shifter offered by Icycles under the Hot Deals section of this website. For $60 and the cost of a chain and cassette - you will be there.
re: 9 speed upgrade- any Dura Ace?PhatMatt
Mar 21, 2003 6:05 PM
I have had 2nd gen Ultegra for a year now and I really like them. I do not think you will get that much benifit for the cost.