I've got a 1986 Raleigh Prestige that I want to upgrade. I think It has mostly stock components (Suntour stuff). It's got a double crank that seems to be in good condition and I have a pair of Shimano 105 wheels that I'm going to use.
What I want most are some indexed bar end shifters to replace the seven speed friction down tube shifters. I was looking at the Shimano 9 speed Dura Ace bar end shifters and thought that I might upgrade a few other components, as well.
Here are the components I was thinking of purchinsing and installing all together:
will all of these components play nice together? Is there another combination of parts that will be cheaper/better suit my needs? I'm going with the Shimano components because that's the only company I have experience with, but I'm open to trying other manufacturers.
Possibly save a little dough by getting a 9-speed chain instead of 10-speed.
May also need to spread the rear dropouts if the frame is steel and the spacing is less than 130mm.
Originally Posted by slopvehicle
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9-speed wider than 7-speed? No, it's more of a cassette (130 mm) versus freewheel (126 mm) thing. But you easily can just spread the rear triangle by 4 mm.
Ultegra worth the price? Most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference between Ultegra, 105, Tiagra or Sora rear derailleurs. I think it's only a matter of a few more alloy pieces rather than stamped steel, and roller bearings in the pulleys rather than bushings. Myself, I like roller bearings, so it's worth it to me. Or at least to get a couple of aftermarket pulleys.