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Old 03-08-12, 03:43 PM
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Pondering New Road Bike

I'm considering buying a new road bike that fits me better that my current one. My question is, if you were to find two bikes that seem to fit equally well, and one came with Ultegra components and not very good quality wheels, and the other bike had 105 components, but somewhat better wheels, which would be your preferred choice?

In both bikes I would probably want to upgrade wheels at some point, but the lower quality wheels I would want/need to upgrade before the others.

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If it were me, I'd get the bike with better wheels and the 105s, all things equal otherwise.
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105 is good. How much do you weight? (for your wheels)
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I'm rather light, usually between 145 and 150 lbs. at 5' 10".
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I'd get the Ultegra and replace the wheels when time/money allows.
I ride full Dura-Ace, just bought a "beater" bike with 105 ... ****, the difference is HUGE on shifting.
I don't notice the wheels difference yet. I've not ridden Ultegra but it should be midpoint between the 105's and DA.

Wheels are easier to swap out than the groupset.
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This years Tiagra is as good as 105 was a couple of years ago- So this years 105 is as good as Ultegra was.

However wheels are very easy to replace at an "Economic" price. The OM wheels could be used as spares or winter/foul weather wheels so they will not be sitting on the wall never to be used again. To upgrade to Ultegra would not be cheap.

And what grade of Cheap wheels? What make? Would they be suitable as a Winter wheel? and then how soon before you feel you had to upgrade them?

I have gone back to an OM wheel for my TCR. Had the Mechanic Detension the spokes and rebuild and they are fine. Not as good as My Handbuilts or the Ultegras but better than I would have expected from a cheap OM wheel.

If finances will allow for a better set of wheels this year- Go for the Ultegra bike. If not-------------
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Interesting comments. Thanks.

I'll reply with more info later this evening. Right now I need to make it to a bike store before they close to take another look.
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If it were me, I'd get the bike with better wheels and the 105s, all things equal otherwise.
Me too.
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Me too.
You are an amazingly intelligent man. Just sayin'
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Don't overthink it. Test ride both bikes for an hour or so each under similar conditions and equal tire pressure. Buy the bike that treats you best.

Both 105 and Ultegra are plenty good enough, and you plan to replace wheels anyway. You can't replace the frame. So buy the bike with the frame that treats you best.
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Point of sale upgrades are the best deals because the dealer will have new parts to resell,
so will give you a better price, and probably 10% off on the new stuff..
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Thanks for comments and suggestions. I haven't really ridden either bike yet, only one on a trainer in the store. The weather around here along with my schedule have not presented an opportunity for test ride.

However, my earlier opinions are evolving, and now I plan to take perhaps a couple of weeks longer to make a decision and hopefully be able to take two or more bikes for a real test ride. My initial question was sort of a "what if" scenario because upon first examination two bikes appeard to nearly equal in price.

I really do appreciate your comments.
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