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Ultegra vs. 105 - worth $100(12 posts)

Ultegra vs. 105 - worth $100Bulldozer
Aug 18, 2003 1:06 PM
I'm looking at two build kits for my new ride. Ultegra and 105. (No Campy debate please) The difference in price is $100 between the two. All things being equal, is the Ultegra group worth the extra $100? I know I can "get by" with 105 but I don't know if the extra dinero is worth the difference. Oh, and I'm one of those types that likes to do things right the first time. Upgrades make no sense to my wife.

In this case, the gruppo includes headset, derailleurs, STI levers, brake calipers, crankset, bottom bracket, cassette, chain and hubs ( Thanks!
I'd pay the extra $100 (nm)kjr39
Aug 18, 2003 1:30 PM
it IS worth the money!Kvonnah
Aug 18, 2003 1:47 PM
My question would be is Dura Ace worth the money over Ultegra especially for non-racers like myself?
I don't think so...Mike Prince
Aug 18, 2003 2:41 PM
I have had both and for the money would go for the 105. Functionally there is little if any difference. Some will say that Ultegra shifts a bit better, but it's not a big difference. I'd put the $100 somewhere else on the bike (saddle, pedals) or in your pocket.

Ultegra is a little lighter and somewhat better finished, but IMO you will not see any major performance differences between the two. After riding Ultegra my hard decision on my next bike (after I do the Campy vs. Shimano battle :)) would be 105 or Dura Ace. To me Ultegra is in that no man's land between the two.

Hope this helps.

Yesthe bull
Aug 18, 2003 3:01 PM
Ultegra and 105 are pretty much the same but if you should ever go to sell them the Ultegra will fetch far over a hundred dollars over the 105. Plus you will get to ride the Ultegra in the meantime (Which is a little better).
I would have mentioned something about Veloce 9 speed group for $350 but forget it!;)
re: Ultegra vs. 105 - worth $100import silvia
Aug 18, 2003 3:02 PM

and pickup a Dura-ace group for about the same price as GVH's 105.
Or even less!the bull
Aug 18, 2003 3:07 PM
re: Ultegra vs. 105 - worth $100Bulldozer
Aug 18, 2003 4:18 PM
Those are great prices but GVH's group comes with everything needed to build the bike. It includes "choice of hand built Mavic Open Pro clincher wheels or Shimano WH-R540 16 spoke clincher wheels, handbuilt Mavic Reflex tubular wheels are also available along with Conti Giro tubular tires, 14g Wheelsmith stainless spokes, choice of Conti Grand Prix 3000 or Michelin Pro Race tires, TTT Forgie handlebar/stem, American Classic seatpost, Selle San Marco Concor Light black leather saddle and cork handlebar wrap."

That's why I mentioned all other things being equal.
I have one of each.MikeBiker
Aug 18, 2003 3:31 PM
When riding the bikes, I notice no difference in shifting or braking. Both work well. I think the Ultegra looks a little better.

very little difference if setup correctlyJS Haiku Shop
Aug 19, 2003 5:09 AM
but, i can still tell in the shifters. otherwise, everything else is pretty even. the ultegra group has many cosmetic "advantages", and it's probably a few grams (or more) lighter than 105.

fwiw, i just bought the 2002 105 group from gvh and installed it on a new frame sunday night. i have ultegra on another bike, and chorus 10 on another. i do prefer the ultegra, but only just.

the 2002 105 kit has everything needed to build up a frame/fork, and only costs $600 + shipping. i'm happy with it.
very little difference if setup correctlyBulldozer
Aug 19, 2003 6:16 AM
What wheelset did you get with that 2002 105 kit?
blue ano mavic cosmos nmJS Haiku Shop
Aug 19, 2003 6:38 AM