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2011 ultegra or 2013 105


luckystriker

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Maby the hubbers with their valued and extensive collective knowledge can tell me;

If I have the choice, should I replace my 2013 105 groupset with 2011 ultegra. Thank you for the input.

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No...........the cables on the old Ultegra will irritate you (the newer 105 has hidden cables) and you won't notice a difference in performance

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The 105 groupset for 2013 is great.

 

The 2011 Ultegra (6600 if I'm not mistaken) was good, but had exposed cables. The 6700 had hidden cables, and would probably be roughly equivalent to the new 105.

 

If it was me I wouldn't think twice about it, the new 105 would be my choice.

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I have a bike with 105 and it's taken a bashing.I use it for winter training in lots of rain and mud.

Shifting is good and pretty light.

The parts are much cheaper to replace than with Ultegra.

 

I also have the new 11 speed Ultegra but that's in a class of it's own.

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Keep the newer 105 groupset...should be similar to the 2011 Ultegra (what I mean is you should not feel a BIG difference) and the external cabling is not so nice... :whistling:

 

Save another year or 3 and upgrade to a 11 speed Ultegra...or by then upgrade your old bike to a newer model with a newer 105 or Ultegra groupset... :clap: :w00t: he he he

 

PS - if you do upgrade one day to the newer 11 speed Ultegra, just make sure that your back wheel freehub can accommodate the 11 instead of 10 speed...you might need a different freehub (or another wheelset if a 11 speed freehub is not available for that set)

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I would go for the ultegra, shifting quality is so much better than 105, which is clunky imprecise and noisy. I have two bikes one with new 105 one with older Ultegra and the Ultegra is way, way better.

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Ultegra is the best choice if you are concerned about shifting quality, the external cables is aesthetics only.

 

 

105 can never feel as smooth as Ultegra and Ultegra not as smooth as Dura Ace.

 

105 works well, I had a 105 groupset years ago, have since moved to Ultegra and then to Dura Ace, have never regretted the decision.

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105 can never feel as smooth as Ultegra and Ultegra not as smooth as Dura Ace.

 

 

Then you need to ride the new 11 speed Ultegra and DA.The quality is so close that some teams are on Ultegra for training to save costs.Wonder with DI2 will trickle down to 105?

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Great question. I've had a lot of Ultegra rides and now I run mostly 105 with upgraded FSA SL-K Light chainset for the stiffness and shifting on the front and it just works, it's shifting is great and don't need to adjust anything... ever.

 

Ultegra is deffo a step up from 105 and the jump from Ultegra to DA isn't such a big step. alot of top end bike shops are recommending Ultegra Di2 over the DA set for bang for buck.

 

2011 Ultegra over 2013 105? Jeez, it's tough. That crank on the Ultegra is great but as a whole is older tech. Looking at cables and the minor things then the 105 would win. I realise the better spec of the Ultegra but for me it came down to it the fact that the hood / sti on Ultegra just gave me the S**ts and my mate alway rode behind me whinging about this creak or the off shifting on his set. But mainly the hoods just plain annoyed me when holding, climbing and sprinting...

 

Glad I don't have to make that choice again.

 

Next time it's electric. Simple.

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I think the advice to leave the 105 on the bike and save for some good wheels is great. Thank you all for your advice, much appreciated!

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