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2005 Ultegra - new specs and look + wheels(7 posts)

2005 Ultegra - new specs and look + wheelswardinside
Dec 3, 2003 2:59 AM
The 2005 Ultegra will of course be 10 speed -- but unlike 2004 DuraAce it will come in both double and triple. And of course, 2005 Ultegra will have today's 2004 DuraAce 'look'

Plus there will be two new shimano wheelsets.
Shimano has not done great with wheels; but if they
decide to go after the market in a big way ....
Is there anyone who thinks they can not take the top spot in
wheels if they decide to?
I dowooglin
Dec 3, 2003 6:04 AM
"Is there anyone who thinks they can not take the top spot in wheels if they decide to?"

Unless they start offering 32h handbuilt D/A (or Record of course) hubs on Open Pro rims....
re: 2005 Ultegra - new specs and look + wheelsgtx
Dec 3, 2003 10:45 AM
Glad you posted this. I was just thinking about this. I was looking at my Colorado Cyclist catalog last night and noticed that XT cranks are now $250!!! (I think they were around $100-120 before like Ultegra cranks) I assume it will be the same for Ultegra when they go to the new DA/XTR-type crank design. I honestly don't care about the wheel stuff, though--I'll stick with handbuilt. My next bike will probably be 10speed Ultegra with a smattering of DA (hubs, possibly shifters) and if the cranks are as ugly as the DA cranks I'll get Ritchey cranks or something.
Beauty is in the eye...Fez
Dec 3, 2003 12:06 PM
A few thoughts on what you said.

1) I thought the DA-10 cranks were ugly when I first saw a picture of them last year. They look beautiful and stunning in person. The component shapes and finishes are beautiful and would look good on a classic thin tubed bike as well as a cutting edge design.

2) Ritchey cranks aren't ugly, but they also aren't good cranks.

3) Lots of folks are waiting a year or so on the theory that 1st year stuff has bugs to be worked out. If you believe that theory, do you want to wait until 2006 for 2nd year Ultegra?
Beauty is in the eye...gtx
Dec 3, 2003 2:05 PM
You know, I want to believe you about the new DA cranks. I do think they look good by themselves, and I appreciate the design, but on the bike they look kind of weird to me (see pic). Maybe I'll get used to them. I disagree about the Ricthey cranks. They are quite high quality cold forged crank with a low Q factor. Regarding bugs with a few noteable exceptions Shimano has been pretty dependable.
re: 2005 Ultegra - new specs and look + wheelsdivve
Dec 3, 2003 12:14 PM
That XT price shouldn't last for long unless it's something new due to the US Shimano monopoly. In Europe the '04 XT cranks can be found for as low as $155 including the BB and '03 XTR for $310.
re: 2005 Ultegra - new specs and look + wheelsgtx
Dec 3, 2003 2:10 PM
I still don't really understand how this new Shimano pricing strategy is going to work.