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Old 01-01-13, 06:23 PM
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Advantage/Disadvantage

Besides price on one and weight on another, what's more worth buying? Shimano 105's for $53 or the Ice Grey Ultegras for $80? Is the $27 extra worth paying for if it's only for exercise and recreational use?

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What part(s)?

Chances are you'll be good with 105.
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Doing this on my smartphone - road pedals.
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Go with 105. Put that extra money towards the shoes.
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where'd you find the ultegras for $80?? i've actually been searching all over online today and the best i found new was like $92. i'd probably be fine with 105 as well, but my new bike is full ultegra, and im one of those people that it'll annoy me if stuff doesnt match. lol.
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Thanks! I am kind of leaning towards the 105. Since this is kind of an open thread, let's talk about road shoes. Which is a better system? Boas or micro-adjuster?
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Originally Posted by evan938 View Post
where'd you find the ultegras for $80?? i've actually been searching all over online today and the best i found new was like $92. i'd probably be fine with 105 as well, but my new bike is full ultegra, and im one of those people that it'll annoy me if stuff doesnt match. lol.
That will be the only other reason getting Ultegras for me too. Just got a Madone 5.2... blueskycycling.com which is good 'til today - the Ultegras.

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Old 01-01-13, 07:14 PM
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Eh, with shipping it evens out to the other sites with free shipping. thanks for the link...i appreciate it
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In a blind test, you won't be able to tell the difference between one jump up the Shimano hierarchy. The weight of change-smoothness gains are v small. You'd need a few jumps for it to be noticable.
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Just don't go below 105.
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Originally Posted by gundom66 View Post
Thanks! I am kind of leaning towards the 105. Since this is kind of an open thread, let's talk about road shoes. Which is a better system? Boas or micro-adjuster?
That's something you have to decide for yourself. Go try on a bunch of different shoes. Go with the most comfortable pair, with the stiffest sole, that look good, with the retention system you like more. In that order.
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I have been using the boa system for 3 years with no issues. Not saying it any better or worse
than a ratchet system but it works well for me.

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Options I have on the shoes are the 2013 Specialized Comp Road with Boa's in White or the 2013 Bontrager RL in White. Difference? Specialized has the Boa, injection mold with a stiff level of 6.0. Don't know the equivalence on Carbon but the Bonty's have Silver level Carbon soles and a replaceable heel for longevity. Haven't tried the Specialized, but I do own a 43 Tahoe for my mtb, and it fits the same as the RL's. Price-wise, it's $2 more on the RL with the 10% discount. Decisions decisions...
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Originally Posted by jerrycan42 View Post
Just don't go below 105.
Incorrect answer.
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As for shoes I've had Shimano 220's for 4 seasons, they've been great. Liked them so much I asked for and received a set of 315's for Xmas.
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Working it one piece at a time. Picked up my Propero 2 helmet and tried on the new Specialized Comp Road and omg! I love the Boas! I like the idea of being able to adjust/re-adjust while on the go. Too bad it doesn't have Carbon soles and replaceable heel. The older Expert has Carbon soles with Boas, but it doesn't come in White and no replaceable heel. Damn decisions! Why must it be so hard...
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105 pedals are more than fine. No need to be a WW unless you either have the cash and like bling--nothing wrong with that--or if you race.
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Originally Posted by jerrycan42 View Post
Just don't go below 105.
i have ultegra and 105. I've ridden tiagra on rented bike and other people's bikes. Tiagra is great.
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I am running Shimano 105 pedals pedals (easy entry and exit). Hard to beat for the price to performance.
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Yes, it's going to be the 105's. It's just a matter of going to Performance Bike and pay for Nashbar price. They are the same company, right?
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You are correct, Performance and Nashbar are the same company.
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105s are perfectly fine unless you ride a bunch they will be great.....use cash for other goodies
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The basic Shimano PD-R540 is just fine; I have those and Dura Ace, and really notice no difference whatsoever in them besides a little weight.
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Need some opinion... I don't wanna spend anymore than $200 so my choices for road shoes are both in white.

Specialized Road Comp for $160
- Boa retention system
- Fiberglass reinforced injection molded soles with a stiffness level of 6.0 (whatever that is)

Bontrager RL Road for $180
- Micro-fit adjuster retention system
- Silver Carbon Soles (stiffer than the Specialized for sure)

I can get an additional 10% off on the Bontrager while no discounts on the Specialized. The Specialized seems to be a better retention system while on the go. The Bontragers have a replaceable heel. They both fit well. Which would you go with? Thanks in advance...

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