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Old 06-11-10, 05:11 PM   #1
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105 vs ultegra chainring

Anyone know the difference between a 105 & an ultegra 42 tooth middle chain ring? I'm mostly curious about performance, but also the weight difference. I checked a few sites and couldn't find the respective weights.

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They are for all practical purposes identical. The Ultegra will have a prettier finish but that's about it. Weight difference, if any, will be infinitesimal.
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cool! Thanks for the info!
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I recall hearing that the Ultegra rings are machined versus the stamped 105 rings (I am certain of the latter). Doesn't necessarily make them better but as HR suggests, they are probably prettier.
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Equally interesting. Thanks!
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Definitely some 105 rings are stamped and some Ultegra rings are machined. Machined rings cost more to manufacture and last longer. It's hard to know whether this applies to the two rings that you are considering.
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Machined rings cost more to manufacture...
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.....and last longer......
I don't know about this. I've had 105 chainrings last over 30,000 miles. What more should I expect?
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Hardness affects durability. Machining does not significantly alter the hardness of Al, therefore durability should not increase. Machining can yield much tigher tolerances. However, the steel chain will quickly wear away any minor burrs during stamping.

High-end components rarely improve the joy of cycling. There will be negligible speed improvement for 99.99% of the cyclists. It's all about the MOTOR.
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