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Ultegra vs. 105(10 posts)

Ultegra vs. 105my327vette
Aug 7, 2003 7:49 PM
Howdy,
I am in the process of building up a spare bike that I will use for commuting to work and riding when the weather isn't so great. But I will also use it occasionally for some real rides after work, and I still want this bike to ride and perform well, so my question is what are the differences (if any) between shimano 105 and Ultegra drivetrain components? Especially the STI Levers/shifters, the rear derailler and the cranks? It doesn't seem like the prices are much more for the Ultegra parts, but I would still like to save money wherever i can, so if the 105 is just as good, I would prefer to go with that. Thanks!
If you must...the bull
Aug 7, 2003 8:21 PM
I would say 105 with Dura-ace BAR END SHIFTERS.For a townie.But if you gotta have STI go for Ultegra STI's with 105 group.
Personally I would try to find something used with friction shifters but I am strange.I think you could get a Veloce group for 350 bucks!Ask William at wisecyclebuys.com !Its hard to beat that!
How can you recommend Campy to someone who wants inexpensive…TFerguson
Aug 8, 2003 4:18 AM
when you just realized that you have a 10 cents per mile Campy cassette habit?

TF
use Campy 9 speed and Shimano wheels and cassettes.nmMR_GRUMPY
Aug 8, 2003 5:51 AM
When a 9 speed cassette is under 35 bucks!the bull
Aug 8, 2003 8:42 AM
Different stuff man!
105PEDDLEFOOT
Aug 8, 2003 4:43 AM
For commuting I think 105 will be just fine.I use 105 on both my bikes and have never had problems.Save some money 105 and invest it into a good set of wheels.For commuting I think strong wheels will be more important than the slight differnce that Ultegra might give.
105firstrax
Aug 8, 2003 5:39 AM
I just built up a comuter/trainer with all 105. I chose it because I liked the look of the new black components. I was pleasantly suprised with the performance and feel. I see no reason to avoid 105. The only thing I would not use is the hubs. DA hubs on open pros are reasonably inexpensive and a lot smoother.
I'd get the Ultegrapmf1
Aug 8, 2003 5:41 AM
The shifters are better. The cranks, brakes, etc are the same except better finished on the Ultegra. Its just a marginal difference in price, and for the better shifters, I'd say the Ultegra is worth a few extra bucks. Personally, I think Ultegra is the best value in bicycle componentry.

As far as wheels go, use the Ultegra hubs and build a set of regular old wire wheels using Open Pro or similar hubs. Lots cheaper than a prebuilt and just as good.

Another option would be to wait until 10-speed Dura Ace comes out and buy a 9-speed Dura Ace group on close out.
Squeeze for best pricingpitt83
Aug 8, 2003 6:12 AM
www.comparisonpricing.com will show you best prices from on-line retailers. Squueze for each $ and you could probably justify the Ultegra. I was dissapointed with my last set of 105. Didn't wear well and most needed replacing after 2 seasons. My Ultegra is on season 2 now and runs as well as new.
very happy with a new 105 crankChicago_Steve
Aug 8, 2003 7:14 AM
I have a cyclocross bike and was running Ritchey's CX crankset on an Ultegra BB. The Ritchey crankset gave me multiple problems within 500 miles of use (creaking, losing chainring bolts, flexy, etc). I recently swapped it with a new 105 crankset and could not be happier. No creaks, nice finish, light, stiff, what more could I ask for the money!