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How low will 9-sp. D/A prices drop?(7 posts)

How low will 9-sp. D/A prices drop?commuterguy
Jan 6, 2004 12:15 PM
I was wondering if I could get some predictions for how low 9-speed dura-ace prices will go. I assume that Shimano is phasing out the 9-speed in favor of the 10-speed version, and that Ultegra and 105 will eventually convert as well (that's how it happened when 9-speed took over from 8-speed, right?). If I can get a good deal (about 50% or less than the current retail price), I would like to get D/A STI shifters, as well as front and rear derailleurs. Will it happen?
D'oh! Sorry--please disregard this redundant postcommuterguy
Jan 6, 2004 12:17 PM
I wouldn't count on itDave Hickey
Jan 6, 2004 12:21 PM
Look at the prices of 8 speed DA STI on Ebay. NOS 8 speed go for almost as much, if not more than 9 speed.
That's rich!RemmingtonShowdown
Jan 6, 2004 7:02 PM
Due to the overwhelming popularity of the 9 speed Dura Ace grouppo from introduction to present, it would be all but corperate suicide for Shimano to phase out the "former" standard. DA 9 is still very much in the game... That compounded witht Shimano's new "authorized internet dealer" program ensures high prices for quite a while.

bummer.
Not much if at allmacalu
Jan 7, 2004 5:55 AM
I wouldn't count on too much. Lots of riders are not really interested in going to 10 cogs. I'm still riding 8 and finding 8 speed swag, though as stated below, it can cost a pretty penny, often more than 9 speed. But cruising for old swag is part of the fun. Whether they manufacture it or not, 9 speed stuff will be popular for years to come and priced accordingly.
Bummer indeedcommuterguy
Jan 7, 2004 9:00 AM
This is discouraging. I have read that D/A shifting throws are shorter than Ultegra's, that the ball bearing is more durable than Ultegra's bushing, and that D/A allows micro-adjustments to front and rear derailleurs. Any/all of this true? Worth paying for?
re: How low will 9-sp. D/A prices drop?collectorvelo
Jan 9, 2004 9:46 AM
I can not say any amount of discount would make old D/A attractive to me - once you use the new DuraAce it's all over! who wants to go back?