|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 things||synapselapse|
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 bracket||Continental|
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 durable||Dave_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.
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.|| |