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Which Build kit would you choose?

Old 07-07-08, 07:57 AM
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Which Build kit would you choose?

I have heard plenty of good things about Excel and will likely be going with them for my build kit. I am deciding between the Ultegra Sl premium and the Dura Ace standard. Right now I think I am leaning towards the Ultegra Sl premium because of the possibility of a compact crank and better wheelset. Which would you choose? and how much do you think the prices on these may drop with the release of the new dura ace in the coming months? Thanks for your imput

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You do realize the DA group seems to come without derailers, right?
Unless they made a mistake and it's supposed to be listed there.
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Originally Posted by tekhna View Post
You do realize the DA group seems to come without derailers, right?
Unless they made a mistake and it's supposed to be listed there.
I'm fairly certain it is just a mistake.
At the bottom it asks to specify what front derail size?? to be clarified before purchase of course.
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Originally Posted by Farby View Post
I'm fairly certain it is just a mistake.
At the bottom it asks to specify what front derail size?? to be clarified before purchase of course.
Call and make sure. If they don't come with the derailers, that's another what, 300 dollars? FYI full DA kits are 1200 from probikekit, but obviously without all the other parts that come with the Excel builds, whereas Ultegra I believe is 650.
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Old 07-07-08, 08:58 AM
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whicever option, consider substituting a compact crank...
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Personally I recently built up my new frame with DA because right now, since 7900 is coming out, the old stuff is at an awesome price point. I did the custom kit building (link on the left hand side of the excel page) and you get pretty nice discounts for bulk kit orders (competitive cyclist offers this as well I think). You can mix and match Ultegra SL with the 2008 DA (not 2009) so if you're interested in a custom kit, it won't be far from those prices probably. I did that mostly because I didn't need the small items like bars/stem/saddle/seatpost. Adding in lots of smaller items could make the pre-set packages worth it.

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The point of buying a buil kit is to free you from the mundane bland shimano that plagues most bikes, get campy chorus or sram rival.
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Campy chorus standard package is more money than the Ultegra SL premium package. Is performance on the chorus that much better than the SL that would make me want to spend more and sacrifice a better wheelset?
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Farby,

Consider GVH for your build. He has a kit builder on his website where you can mix and match standard components. But he can and is quite willing to get you anything your heart desires-just send him a price request. Only thing is that Shimano won't let him ship gruppos except on built bikes (you have to be an authorized component web dealer; he's not, he's a OEM bike builder) No issues with Campy & SRAM. So, if you're set on Shimano, you'd have to send your frame and let him build it. Still, it might be worth your time.
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Originally Posted by stoked1 View Post
The point of buying a buil kit is to free you from the mundane bland shimano that plagues most bikes, get campy chorus or sram rival.
I doubt the point of buying a build kit is so you don't buy Shimano.
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Originally Posted by adam View Post
I doubt the point of buying a build kit is so you don't buy Shimano.
For me it was, why build using a group you can get on any bike? Going to many(not all) bike shops and getting a bike with full shimano is nothing. Going into a most bike shops and getting a full sram or campy bikes is a bit more difficult.
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You might want to check colorado cyclist for their kits. I found them to be the best value when I was looking. YMMV.
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I chose Ultegra SL shifters, f der and r der,with 105 cassette and chain for my bike.
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