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Shimano 105 or ultegra?

Old 12-23-20, 06:16 AM
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Shimano 105 or ultegra?

The choice!
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Old 12-23-20, 06:28 AM
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Why not take the time to refine your question? Complete new bike? Isolated component? Replacing a groupset? Tell people what you have in mind and you'll get more helpful replies.
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Old 12-23-20, 06:31 AM
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Why not take the time to refine your question? Complete new bike? Isolated component? Replacing a groupset? Tell people what you have in mind and you'll get more helpful replies.

ahh sorry! Iím just trying to post a few, as I need to post a photo on one of my other threads, but it wonít let me until I post 10
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Old 12-23-20, 06:35 AM
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Welcome! Just say hello to other new members or add a comment to an existing thread. Avoids clutter.
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Old 12-23-20, 09:05 AM
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The choice!
It certainly is a choice.
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Old 12-23-20, 09:14 AM
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Coke or Pepsi?
The choice is yours.
I've had both, including one bike with a mix of the two. They're both good!
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Old 12-23-20, 09:44 AM
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There is a contingent of people where the difference between the two would make a difference. If you’re part of that contingent, go for the Ultegra; if not, the 105.
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Old 12-23-20, 09:59 AM
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If you can afford the higher cost go with the Ultegra. Itís cooler than 105 just like 105 is cooler than Tiagra.

Post a few more replies and youíll have 10 posts. Didnít it used to be 5 posts.
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Old 12-23-20, 10:07 AM
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Main difference across the entire group-set is the weight of components, if you are like me there are more than enough pounds to shed off of my body. A couple hundred grams here and there wont be my limiting factor

https://ccache.cc/blogs/newsroom/201...ght-comparison

105 = 2453 grams
Ultegra = 2272 grams
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I've been an Ultegra guy for 30 years, till 4 years ago when I installed a 7000 group. It's as good as Ultegra, came in black (on a matt black bike) and is perfect all around. The front shift is particularly better in this group. You can't justify Ultegra to get better shifting, 105 is that good.
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Old 12-23-20, 10:54 AM
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If you are buying a new mechanical groupset, SRAM is best because their front derailleur do not need trimming. Shimano is sadly behind the curve in this important technology.
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When I had 105 it seemed to wear out faster than the Ultegra I had before and after.
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If you are buying a new mechanical groupset, SRAM is best because their front derailleur do not need trimming. Shimano is sadly behind the curve in this important technology.
But that means I have a bike with SRAM on it.
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But that means I have a bike with SRAM on it.

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Shifter brake levers, I lean toward 105. I have a set on one of my bikes. Not one stinking problem after 50,000+ miles. Other than swapping the cable a couple of times.

I have had 2 sets of Ultegra shifters/brake levers fail on me.
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you can't go wrong with either, but I prefer Ultegra.
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I bought my bike with full 105 and I am now replacing worn out or broken parts with Ultegra (derailleur, cassette, chain...)...piece by piece...
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105 new, Ultegra used.
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SRAM is best because their front derailleur do not need trimming.
would you be so kind as to expand upon this statement? first I've heard of this.
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It doesn’t really matter. Get 105 Eventually you’ll want Ultegra if for nothing other than the bling factor. Soon enough you will get Dura Ace and realize that 105 performed just as well. Full circle ⭕️
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105 - better bang for the buck; very close to Ultegra overall
Ultegra - a bit more pizzaz that may impress your friends; more attractive if youíre a weight weenie
I went back/forth on this decision and went with 105.
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I have two road bikes that I ride regularly. One has SRAM Red (10 sp) and one 105 (11 sp). I love the mechanical and definitive shift feel of the SRAM but there is absolutely nothing wrong with 105 and if you have a different sense of "feel" of shifting you might prefer it. I had been toying with swapping 105 for Ultegra or even Dura Ace on my CAAD 12 but I didn't have a good answer for the one question that kept coming to me......Why?
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Originally Posted by icemilkcoffee View Post
If you are buying a new mechanical groupset, SRAM is best because their front derailleur do not need trimming. Shimano is sadly behind the curve in this important technology.

oh thatís interesting! I never knew that?
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I have this same question, not really answered in the posts above. A year and a half ago I'd pretty much decided I wanted a Diverge with 105, but my LBS had one with Ultegra that they put on sale, so I bought it. I'm riding Ultegra but never have had a bike with 105, and I'm wondering whether I'm really better off with Ultegra or if I would even notice the difference. It doesn't really matter because I already have the bike with Ultegra, but I am curious as to whether I'm better off because of it.
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oh thatís interesting! I never knew that?
Yeah hopefully he comes back and explain what he means by never needing trimming.
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