Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

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Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

Postby andrewthomas197 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 16:47 pm

Looking to buy a Canyon CF SLX and can't decide to go with Ultega Di2 or Dura Ace mech?

Just to complicate matters even further, if mechanical is the right route whether to go Dura Ace or Record?

I hate choices...

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Re: Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

Postby Charlie Potatoes » Thu Apr 11, 2013 16:54 pm

Dura Ace 8)

But your choice will be limited by availability?
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Re: Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

Postby cougie » Thu Apr 11, 2013 16:57 pm

Do you have campag or shimano now ? That should help decide. Personally - I stick to Shimano.

I think I'd also go for mechanical. Batteries are a pain - and I've seen reports of them failing. I've NEVER snapped a gear cable in 30 years though.

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Re: Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

Postby MattC59 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 17:24 pm

Dura Ace mechanical. Ultegra Di is supposedly very good, but it's just plain ugly ! Give it a few years and it will either look great, or will have fallen by the wayside.
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Re: Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

Postby Bar Shaker » Thu Apr 11, 2013 19:03 pm

You will struggle to find a Di2 user who doesn't rave about it, me included. It's worth trying both.
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Re: Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

Postby Evil Laugh » Thu Apr 11, 2013 20:04 pm

Di2 all day long.

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Re: Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

Postby uberkraaft » Thu Apr 11, 2013 20:30 pm

Same dilemma - went for DI2. How often do you look at it when you're riding? :D - Plus would be more worried by the cost & likelihood of problems with 11 speed Dura at the moment.

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Re: Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

Postby mallorcajeff » Thu Apr 11, 2013 20:48 pm

In two years of owning dura ace di2 i have never viewed the battery as a pain? Somewhere around 15-17k miles later its still fantastic. My next bike will be ulterga di2 purely for the cheaper maintenance.

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Re: Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

Postby SloppySchleckonds » Thu Apr 11, 2013 21:02 pm

Or the no maintenance?
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Re: Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

Postby Cookie91 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 21:15 pm

I personally like the Di2 and the idea. However what i love about bikes is that they are purely mechanical and powered by us. I think that electronic shifting takes that mechanical romance away from a bike. However from what i hear, you will never have to worry about your gears again.

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Re: Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

Postby dawebbo » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:07 am

I have both. Prefer di2 for the extra confidence it gives you for changes on the front mech.

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Re: Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

Postby Bar Shaker » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:16 am

Di2 does things that mechanical shifters just can't do. When shifting, the front mech pulls past the optimum line, momentarily and then quickly returns to the ideal position. This makes for instantaneous chainring shifts, way better than any mechanical system can do.

That it then self trims as you work across the cassette is just bliss.

Di2 is the future.
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Re: Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

Postby Rolf F » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:38 am

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Re: Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

Postby SloppySchleckonds » Fri Apr 12, 2013 13:48 pm

Bar Shaker wrote:
Di2 is the future.


Bar Shaker wrote:Double taps are the future.


Looks like double taps didn't last long
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Re: Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

Postby insella » Fri Apr 12, 2013 13:55 pm

surely you can cook the books for the best combo (wordways) of Dura-Ace Di2.

blooming marvellous: smooth, precise and the auto-correction saves wear.

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Re: Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

Postby Bar Shaker » Fri Apr 12, 2013 14:20 pm

SloppySchleckonds wrote:
Bar Shaker wrote:
Di2 is the future.


Bar Shaker wrote:Double taps are the future.


Looks like double taps didn't last long


:D Di2 didn't exist when I got Double taps.

I still like them and if I had mechanical, it would be SRAM shifters. I prefer them to Shimano but Di2 is in a different league.

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Re: Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

Postby FransJacques » Fri Apr 12, 2013 22:24 pm

If you know how to use a barrel adjuster (duh) then get DA, its light and it'll wear in while Ultegra is wearing out.

If you're a dolt who doesn't know when to shift, how to shift, nor can you maintain your bike for even 30 seconds a month then get the heavy, expensive, ugly stuff. Don't believe the comments above that "11 speed isn't proven and could have issues" person has no idea re: Shimano's history of testing prior to product launches. Sante and Biopace are the only 2 misses they've had in my 30 years of riding shimano.

Or get 9070 which looks lovely!

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Re: Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

Postby awsm » Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:43 pm

DA. It shifts as smooth as Di2 throughout the range. Worth the difference when Ultegra will likely go 11 speed in another year.

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Re: Ultegra Di2 or Dura Ace mechanical?

Postby Flasher » Sat Apr 13, 2013 13:27 pm

Dura Ace mechanical, but then i'm a cycle luddite (cluddite :wink:)

dawebbo wrote:I have both. Prefer di2 for the extra confidence it gives you for changes on the front mech.


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