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Difference betwen Ultegra and 105 shifters?

Old 04-25-07, 08:10 PM
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Difference betwen Ultegra and 105 shifters?

I'm trying to decide between the Ultegra and 105 STI shifters. Is there any difference in shifting performance, or is it solely a weight issue?
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Old 04-25-07, 09:43 PM
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I found the difference between Ultegra 10sp and 105 9sp to be huge. I have not had experience with 105 10sp though. Find a bike at the shop with 105s and one with ultegras. ride them in the parking lot and decide.
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Old 04-26-07, 05:42 AM
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Originally Posted by DrWJODonnell
I found the difference between Ultegra 10sp and 105 9sp to be huge. I have not had experience with 105 10sp though. Find a bike at the shop with 105s and one with ultegras. ride them in the parking lot and decide.
Heir Doctor, did you find this had more to do with the +1 cog factor, or with how crisp and quick you were able to shift?

A friend with a DA groupo first noticed how he can shift at speed and "not feel" it...I imagine a jump from Tiagra to 105s or (even better) Ultegra would be similar...
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I had the same experience as the good Dr. 105 9spd feels very muddy in comparison. Also, the hoods on ultegra (both 9spd and 10spd versions) had much higher hoods, which felt a lot better on my hands than the 105 9spd shifters. I don't have any experience with 105 10spd, however.
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The 10 speed 105's have improved so much that they are better shifters than the 9 speed Ultegra.

All shifters down to Tiagra have been redone, and improved.

The real diff is in the shifting mechanism and weight. Ultergra's are snappier, 105's are for heavy duty riding to entry racing. Ultegra is what you will find most racers using, snappy, light, and not too awfully expensive if you crash.

If you can do either, get Ultegra, but 105, the new stuff, is excellent.
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+1 on the whole Ultegra 10spped is snappier than 105 9speed thing, and I agree from personal experience.
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Old 04-27-07, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by cedricbosch
I'm trying to decide between the Ultegra and 105 STI shifters. Is there any difference in shifting performance, or is it solely a weight issue?
Big difference - Ultegra are a lot smoother and feel cleaner, your really notice when you change whilst climbing.
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