Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Bellaire TX USA
Bikes: Bianchi Alloro, Veloce, San Remo, Pista; Rivendell Canti Rom; Zinn custom
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The short answer is that Deore XT is better for loaded touring, while 105 and Ultegra are race-oriented. This is based on research I have been doing recently, not personal experience; I am shopping for my first touring bike now. Edited to add: I have no prejudice here regarding 105/Ultegra vs. XT; I have only used Campagnolo thus far, for riding on the road, not touring.
Last edited by Rex G; 03-06-05 at 06:47 PM.
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