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Shimano 105 vs Ultegra(8 posts)

Shimano 105 vs Ultegraridenc
Oct 27, 2003 9:28 AM
Can anyone give feedback on the difference one would see in performance and quality of a bike with full 105 components vs full Ultegra components? Thanks in advance for the feedback!
re: Shimano 105 vs UltegraClydeTri
Oct 27, 2003 9:46 AM
Ultegra would have a small weight advantage and slightly better performance....105 is quality equipment and often the price differnce makes 105 the better choice for an "average" rider.
true for above average riders, too. nm.Steve_0
Oct 27, 2003 10:04 AM
re: Shimano 105 vs UltegraBarton
Oct 27, 2003 1:40 PM
Ditto the above.
re: Shimano 105 vs Ultegrabiketalk
Oct 27, 2003 2:29 PM
When I bought my new bike this summer I was asking the same question and it came down to my LBS guy (whom I know and trust) that it made more sense for me to go with the bike with full 105 and upgrade my wheelset instead of going with ultegra as he said that I wouldn't really notice much difference being an low intermediate rider.....after 1,800 Km's I'm still very happy with the performance of the 105 group.
agree with above posts...BenR
Oct 27, 2003 3:48 PM
The biggest difference in the Shimano line is between Dura-Ace and Ultegra, particularly in the shifters and rear derailleur. I don't think the price difference between 105 and Ultegra is worth it, all other things being equal. Better to spend it on an open pro wheelset or something similar that is lighter and more reliable than the stock wheels, doesn't have to be boutique. The stock wheels may be fine, depends on what they are - usually low end Mavic rims or house parts.

Quite often, Ultegra equiped bikes might have a better frame alloy or better wheels than their 105 counterparts so take that into account as well. I would also consider Campagnolo if it is an option. Dura Ace and Record/Chorus are equally good, mostly comes down to personal preference, but I think lower-end campy works more reliably and lasts longer than lower-end shimano. Veloce & Centaur are good groups. In the long run, Veloce works just as well as Centaur but is definitely heavier. Centaur competes with Ultegra in price and I think Veloce is somewhere between 105 and Ultegra cost-wise. It's heavier than 105 but functions better in my opinion.
agree with above posts...ridenc
Oct 28, 2003 4:57 AM
Thanks again for all of the feedback!
Boils down to this.... frankly...funknuggets
Oct 28, 2003 9:05 AM
Better shifters, better rear derail... less than half a pound difference for the entire group including hubs. All else relatively equal.