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Groupsets whats worth it?


Rocket-Boy

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Hey guys,

 

Im just wondering, I have a specialized s-works frame, the E5 alu one.

 

Im wanting to build it up now but struggling with the group. I dont want to go below 105 but is ultegra and Dura ace really worth it and whats the difference other than weight?

 

I have heard that 105 is harder wearing than ultegra and dura.

 

 

 

Also is it worth buying the bits separately and then building once im done or should I just look out for a decent second hand full group?

 

 

 

I normally ride mtb but I want to do a couple of road races and its sucky doing the various triathlons that I do on a mtb with slicks :(

 

 

 

So any advice that you can give me will help!

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105 is good and weight is about 460g more than Dura ace.New Ultegra and Dura ace look nice though and will tricle down to 105.

You will feel a difference in shifting  but that's about it.
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Also is it worth buying the bits separately and then building once im done or should I just look out for a decent second hand full group?

If you're buying new, you'll save around 10-15% by buying the whole groupset at once.

If you're buying second hand, it's less of an issue since you don't always have the option to buy a complete group, so then you need to get it part by part.

 

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You won't feel much difference in the components of 105, ultegra and dura ace. The Shifters do make a difference though, if you can get a nice set of dura ace shifters second hand, you won't regret it. The rest isn't worth the price difference

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Look for a second hand Dura Ace or Campag Record/Chorus group. There are loads of these around (because Campag and Shimano released new versions this year), you will come to appreciate the difference and the stuff lasts forever.

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I have looked at CRC and they dont sell complete groups from what I can see, just in pieces.

 

So the shifters are the big thing to look out for?

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Yep, shifters make all the difference. Would also suggest a better quality chainset. They are not only lighter but also more rigid, so you get more efficient shifting and power transfer. Ultegra SL is excellent value for money!!!

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I went from Ultegra to 105 and I could not feel any difference at all. There is a weight difference, but it is only a few hundred grams. I do not believe that the price premium you pay between the 2 is worth it.

 

I'm pretty sure the same would hold true between Ultegra and Dura Ace.
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Try Send CRC sales a e-mail and ask about groupos. Ive had long conversations about parts with some of the guys there, and though they seem like a "cyber megastore" on th eone side there are some very kind normal riders working for them.

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You can also look at Totalcycling.com. They do not offer free shipping like CRC, but on their road stuff they generally work out a lot cheaper than CRC, even with shipping included.

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This is a very good price?

 

http://www.cwcycles.co.za/shimano_ultegra_sl_10spd_groupset_2.html
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Thanks for the input guys. Im thinking about just waiting until the budget is there and getting a complete group rather than buying bits and pieces over time.

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