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Old 03-06-2012, 04:30 PM
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Most Durable Group?

What group would you all recommend to someone for durability and less required maintenance/wearing out of stuff?

I have an 8 sp. ultegra group that I've done virtually no maintenance on except for one new chain and cassette and ocassional tune ups. Nothing major has been replaced. Been pretty happy with that.

If you were looking at a current group, do any jump out as winning in the durability department? I'd still like shifting on par with my ultegra. (I'm agnostic with regard to campy/sram/shimano, just want something that will last and shifts decent)
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:33 PM
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Hard to beat Ultegra. I have 9 speed on 2 bikes and experience is as yours. It works and lasts.
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:33 PM
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Not to be facetious, but 2 x 5 speed Campy with DT shifters will beat them all.
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:35 PM
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Not to be facetious, but 2 x 5 speed Campy with DT shifters will beat them all.
Agreed with regard to decades long durability.... DT is probably the way to go. For the purposes of this thread, I do like the convenience of brifters and not having to be an internet detective to hunt the items down.
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:38 PM
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I had Ultegra 9 speed on a 2005 Trek 2100. I changed chains once in 20k miles. New owner of the bike ,(Sept. 2011), hasn't changed anything.

I haven't had my Campy stuff long enough to compare.
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:38 PM
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i have 7400 that i have been waiting to replace for 10 years
still works why replace ?
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:40 PM
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Not to be facetious, but 2 x 5 speed Campy with DT shifters will beat them all.

It may well beat them in shear durability but not shifting performance!


Agree that indexed DT shifter will require less tweaking, lighter and cheaper too.
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Not exactly current, but you can still find most of the group new:

I don't think you can beat 2000-2006 Campy 10. I prefer Centaur to Chorus/Record because it's devoid of carbon bits.
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i have 7400 that i have been waiting to replace for 10 years
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:42 PM
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Not to be facetious, but 2 x 5 speed Campy with DT shifters will beat them all.
steve your post made me think
was that not enough
yeah i know
people missed
shifts sometimes
but anyones
wheel fit .
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What group would you all recommend to someone for durability and less required maintenance/wearing out of stuff?

I have an 8 sp. ultegra group that I've done virtually no maintenance on except for one new chain and cassette and ocassional tune ups. Nothing major has been replaced. Been pretty happy with that.

If you were looking at a current group, do any jump out as winning in the durability department? I'd still like shifting on par with my ultegra. (I'm agnostic with regard to campy/sram/shimano, just want something that will last and shifts decent)

105 or Veloce...all the 'stuff' of that above it w/o the whizbangery.

Iffa ya gotta go up one, then Centaur ALU or Ultegra.
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:44 PM
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I have 2006 Centaur on one of my bikes, and it seems pretty indestructible. That said, I've had serious trouble killing some ~1990 600 Tricolor and have even been utterly defeated at making mid-nineties 9-sp Campy Veloce do anything wrong either.

Most of the stuff is pretty good these days. But if I had to pick a post-Nuclear meltdown group, I think I'd go with Dura-Ace 7700 with d/t shifters and a 7410 crank and bb.
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:50 PM
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Most of the stuff is pretty good these days. But if I had to pick a post-Nuclear meltdown group, I think I'd go with Dura-Ace 7700 with d/t shifters and a 7410 crank and bb.
nice picks my last race set up
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:04 PM
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Well... if we're gonna nitpick...in the long run I've seen way more Shimano shifters bite the dust, so I would say Campy 8 speed ergo.

As for modern groups, nobody has that many miles on them yet! Maybe a few years max.
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I would say the 2001-2002 campagnolo chorus was very well made. It contains no carbon and relies on metal and bearings.
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