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Worth it to upgrade from older 105 to Ultegra/DA?

Old 07-31-09, 09:49 PM
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Worth it to upgrade from older 105 to Ultegra/DA?

Howdy, I have a chance to purchase a used Ultegra/DA group which would be replacing my 8speed (pre-2000) 105 group. I'm trying to justify the upgrade, it seems like a fair price to me but I need to convince myself that I need it.

What I have now:

pre-2000 105 brifters (the older 8 speed ones)
105 RD
Rival FD
105 brakes
DA cranks/front rings

for $250 I could get:

Ultegra 9 speed STI shifters/brake levers (3 years old)
Ultegra 9 speed 12-27 cassette (1 year old)
SRAM chain (this season)
Ultegra F/R brakes (2 years old)
Dura Ace short cage rear derailleur for double ring setup (1 year old)
Dura Ace braze on front derailleur (1 year old)
Ultegra 53/39 Crank, 172.5 length (3 years old) includes 68mm english bottom bracket
Dura Ace Shift/brake cables (2 years old)



thoughts? opinions?
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Old 07-31-09, 09:55 PM
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Why not? For $250 that would be pretty cheap. Sell your old 105 stuff on eBay... Figure it will cost you what 100-150 for the upgrade? If you think of it that way it's pretty damn cheap.
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Originally Posted by kyakdiver View Post
Why not? For $250 that would be pretty cheap. Sell your old 105 stuff on eBay... Figure it will cost you what 100-150 for the upgrade? If you think of it that way it's pretty damn cheap.

yeah that's what I was thinkin, almost too good of a deal to pass up right?
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I'd do it. Make sure you install it well, though.
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You might want to check first to see if your rear axle can take a 9speed cassette
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im pretty sure its a shimano 8/9 freehub. i dont think ive heard of anyone having problems going from 8 to 9, going from 9 to 10 is a different story though
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How do you define "worth it"?

If your objective is to go faster, it's probably not going to make very much, if any, difference. If your objective is having some fun working on your bike and increasing your pride of ownership, that's a different story.

If it was my bike I'd definitely do it.
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YES, but after you get a new frame.
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