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Old 04-28-16, 03:02 PM
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advice on gearing for a new build

My daily commuting road bike is a cheap one with cheap gearing but works well for my needs (I average approx 150-160 miles per week commuting)

I'm currently customising another bike (a new surly LHT), but will only use this for 'special' rides on the weekends and only use it once in a while (its a keeper)

I'm looking at something a little faster for my daily commutes and have been thinking about getting a fairly decent cheap carbon frame and adding some decent components at reasonable price.

what I'm looking at (so far) is a planet X carbon frame for 300:
Planet X Pro Carbon Road Frameset | Planet X

then buying used/new gearing etc off ebay (I will be patient and look for bargains) ... the combo that I have in mind is as follows:

Rear Derailleur (used) : 105 5800
Front Derailleur (used) : Dura Ace 9000
Shifters/Brake Levers (used) : Dura Ace 9001
Cassette (new): Ultegra 6800
Chain(new): Ultegra 6800
Crankset(new): Ultegra 6800
Brakeset (used): 105 5800

I will use the same wheels/saddle/tyres/stem/ handlebars/pedals etc from my existing bike but will get new cables etc installed and slowly save up ad upgrade as time goes buy

any comments/suggestions on the above combo?
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Upgrade all those DA and Ultegra parts? To what?
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Upgrade all those DA and Ultegra parts? To what?
no ... gearing will remain .... upgrades will be wheels/tyres/ saddle etc etc
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I definitely recommend adding wheels, tires, and a saddle.
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Commuting ? Suggest a single chain ring, 1xN set up.
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On one of my bikes I got rid of the front derailleur and replaced it with a BBG bashwich and I never looked back.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Upgrade all those DA and Ultegra parts? To what?
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Just make sure you have some plan for security if you get a pretty flashy bicycle.
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"Smart" answers aside ... I'd shop Ebay and the returned merchandise pages of all the big sites looking for deals---just as you did your drivetrain. Can't ever tell what will show up at half or 2/3 off---but you have to check frequently because the good stuff goes quick.
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
"Smart" answers aside ... I'd shop Ebay and the returned merchandise pages of all the big sites looking for deals---just as you did your drivetrain. Can't ever tell what will show up at half or 2/3 off---but you have to check frequently because the good stuff goes quick.
+1 on that!
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Upgrade all those DA and Ultegra parts? To what?
I think that's what he's considering, not what he currently has.
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To each their own but I would not commute on skinny tires. Adverse weather, comfort and the increased possibility for flats, no thanks. I would also want the Ultegra rear derailleur and would forgo the DA front. I may go with an Ultegra front just to match but I actually prefer the Tiagra front (I don't know why it works better it just does) I would also probably be content with Ultegra brifters for the savings but again to each their own.

What you have listed above seems more of a club bike than a commuter and if thats what you want fine but I would wager you end up commuting on your LHT
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To each their own but I would not commute on skinny tires. Adverse weather, comfort and the increased possibility for flats, no thanks. I would also want the Ultegra rear derailleur and would forgo the DA front. I may go with an Ultegra front just to match but I actually prefer the Tiagra front (I don't know why it works better it just does) I would also probably be content with Ultegra brifters for the savings but again to each their own.

What you have listed above seems more of a club bike than a commuter and if thats what you want fine but I would wager you end up commuting on your LHT
well, I'm currenty commuting 150-160 miles per week and I'm using 700x25 tyres (Schwalbe Durano plus) .... grip well in wet and dry and roll ok ... no punctures, but I don't do off-road cycling

I will definately look at you suggestions as regards the gearing
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