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Any Ultegra Parts Smoother/More Durable than Dura Ace?(5 posts)

Any Ultegra Parts Smoother/More Durable than Dura Ace?JohnnyCat
Jan 21, 2004 3:41 PM
I know Dura Ace parts are all lighter, but I don't really care about weight(care a little). Does anybody feel that some Ultegra parts are longer lasting/smoother than some Dura Ace parts. I've heard that Ultegra's bottom bracket is smoother/ better sealed than Dura Ace? Anybody agree/disagree? Campy experts feel free to tell me if you think some Chorus parts are smoother/longer lasting than Record. I want to pay for the smoothest/most durable; not the lightest. How do the different gruppos respond to rain/dirt. Also tell me if a part's higher price is only due to weight savings and nothing more? I'd like to get Dura Ace, but can't justify the $1000 price hike over Ultegra. I want to mix the components to save possibly $500. Please tell me if you feel there are better part swaps to make than others?

Thanks to all who reply?
maybe a couple of thingssynapselapse
Jan 21, 2004 5:40 PM
You could use Ultegra cranks and brakes to save money without (probably) suffering in the usability dept. I would keep the shifters and deraileurs though.

I would say that the Dura-Ace cassette is probably not worth the money -- it will wear out faster for a (IMO) minor weight savings. I suppose that you could make an argument that the bottom bracket is similarly not worth the bucks.

That being said, almost all (if not all) of the Dura-Ace parts are lighter, so you must decide what the weight/money tradeoffs will be.
Phil bottom bracketContinental
Jan 21, 2004 6:12 PM
Phil bottom brackets are generally recognized as the smoothest and most durable. You might get some argument about hubs, but I'd take Phil on those too.
Ultegra nearly always is more durableDave_Stohler
Jan 21, 2004 8:53 PM
From my experience, if you don't care about the extra weight, then the only piece of D/A hardware that's worth the extra $$ is the rear derailleur.

The Ultegra BB is better sealed, more durable, and longer lasting than the D/A unit. For rain and dirt conditions, Ultegra is the way to go.
Shifters perhapsScollopini
Jan 21, 2004 9:37 PM
I have a full DA groupo - 18,000km - original cassette, 5th Chain. The Ultegra stuff is functionally very similar - if you want some DA on your bike - get the shifters - more precise than the Ultegra but the latter still fine.