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2008-09-03 8:06 AM

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Subject: Shimano Dura-Ace or Ultegra Pedals?

I've got the lowest end pedals right now on my tri bike and SPD pedals on my road bike.  I'm going to upgrade the pedals on the tri bike and move the 540's to the road bike. 

What is the actual difference between the Dura Ace and the Ultegra, other than finish?  I'm really not concerned about a few grams, I weigh 205-210 and 20 grams on pedals is not going to make that much difference  

Then there's the Dura Ace 7800 Vs 7810.  I believe the only real difference is the plastic or metal plate and the name wearing off a plate doesn't bother me a bit so I'd go for the 7800 if they're otherwise equal.

Ultegra 6610 Vs 6620 okay, what's the deal with these two?

I'm happy with the pedals I have and I've not had a lick of knee pain so I believe I want to stay with Shimano, I just want to upgrade the pedals and avoid a broken pedal at a very inconvenient time next year.

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DanH 



2008-09-03 8:39 AM
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I picked up a copy of German magazine Roadbike yesterday, in which they had a very extensive test of bike pedals. And when I mean extensive, I mean extensive like only the Germans can do... The Shimano Dura-Ace comes out as overall test winner with the Look Keo sprint as best value for money.

Though the Ultegras are not tested, the 105s are. Looking at the test results, the main differences between the Dura-Ace and the 105 are:

1. Lower weight (43g less);

2. Closer to crank and lower base;

3. Slightly easier entrance/exit;

4. Better ballbearings.

So I would sort of assume the Ultegra would be a bit of the above when compared to Dura-Ace, but less so (if that makes any sense).

Interestingly, the 105s score as good or better than Speedplay X/1 Titanium, Crankbrothers Quattro SL and 4TI and all the Time models.   

The Dura Ace ones cost about US$300 here at current FX rates and I personally wouldn't want to spend that much on them. I've got Keo Sprints at a third of that price myself and love them!

2008-09-03 8:43 AM
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 Thanks!  That's exactly what I was asking.

 

The Duck - 2008-09-03 9:39 AM <p>The Dura Ace ones cost about US$300 here at current FX rates and I personally wouldn't want to spend that much on them. I've got Keo Sprints at a third of that price myself and love them!

 

It seems I can find the 7800s for about $80 and the 7810s for around $120-150 and that's not out of line for good pedals. 

Seems I'm still going to be in a quandary about the Ultegra Vs Dura-Ace but it also seems that no matter which way I end up going, it's a good choice Laughing

2008-09-03 3:30 PM
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Subject: RE: Shimano Dura-Ace or Ultegra Pedals?
I was in the same boat deciding between Dura ace and Ultegra pedals 2 years ago and went with the Ultegra because as best as I could tell the main difference was the weight and maybe increased durability over the long haul and the Ultegras were way cheaper. I've been really happy with the Ultegra pedals (6610 I think), easy to clip in and out of. Good luck! As you said, either way you'll be happy!

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2008-09-03 5:07 PM
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I've got over 10,000 miles on my ultegras. I'd say they're pretty hardy
2008-09-03 10:05 PM
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Subject: RE: Shimano Dura-Ace or Ultegra Pedals?

The dura ace are lighter than the ultegra. They aren't more durable.  If anything, they might be a little less durable (the price to pay for lighter weight).

With the 7800, you do have to replace the plastic piece eventually.  As it wears, the cleat will start becoming a little loose and there will be too much play in the pedal.  If the price was comparable, I'd choose the new DA pedal over the old one, to avoid that issue (the new ones don't have the plastic that needs replacing).   However, to be honest, I wouldn't buy either of them at full price.  If I didn't get a deep discount, I would just buy the Ultegra.  I did recently buy a second pair of the 7800's to replace the pedals on my TT bike (I already had 7800's on my road bike) but only because I could get them pretty cheap.



2008-09-05 2:48 AM
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Just because I hate reading threads like this and then the person never says what the final decision was, I picked up a set of Ultegra 6620 for $94 shipped. I may get another set for the road bike or I may not but this seems like a decent deal and a good set of pedals
2008-09-06 8:46 PM
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Subject: RE: Shimano Dura-Ace or Ultegra Pedals?

Here's a place you can get em for $72 shipped in case you need a 2nd pair...they're kinda bad with getting stuff back in stock, though.

http://probikekit.com/display.php?code=M8003



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OK...I am researching pedals......I am thinking the Ultegras 6620, but I can't find them less then $110 plus shipping.  Any ideas where to get them for less? 
2009-05-25 5:27 AM
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DolphinGirlMB - 2009-05-24 11:57 PM

OK...I am researching pedals......I am thinking the Ultegras 6620, but I can't find them less then $110 plus shipping.  Any ideas where to get them for less? 


Nope, that's what they seem to be going for now. They've gone up since I got them.
2009-05-25 7:24 AM
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DolphinGirlMB - 2009-05-24 11:57 PM OK...I am researching pedals......I am thinking the Ultegras 6620, but I can't find them less then $110 plus shipping.  Any ideas where to get them for less? 


I wouldn't sped that much on ultegra pedals when just starting out when spending more on bike with better parts would be a better investment.

Probikekit.com has some 105 level for about $40.

I have three sets of pedals and only one is Ultegra when I found a super deal from last year's model and had just bought a my new TTbike. Other two are 105 pedals.

In the scheme of things having 44 grams off your pedals is not a big deal.


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KathyG - 2009-05-25 8:24 AM

DolphinGirlMB - 2009-05-24 11:57 PM OK...I am researching pedals......I am thinking the Ultegras 6620, but I can't find them less then $110 plus shipping.  Any ideas where to get them for less? 


I wouldn't sped that much on ultegra pedals when just starting out when spending more on bike with better parts would be a better investment.

Probikekit.com has some 105 level for about $40.

I have three sets of pedals and only one is Ultegra when I found a super deal from last year's model and had just bought a my new TTbike. Other two are 105 pedals.

In the scheme of things having 44 grams off your pedals is not a big deal.


Kathy:

I'll be a dissenter here. The money spent on better pedals pays off. Lighter = less lifting each pedal stroke. 40gm x 90rpm = 360 gm, or about 3/4 of a pound you're lifting each minute with your feet. Tell me you wouldn't lose that if you could. Same argument applies to shoe weight, although that's even more costly to shed.

Also, better bearings = longer life and smoother operation.

I'm a big fan of LOOK Keo carbon as the sweet spot for $$$ versus performance. From probikekit.com you can sometimes get them for ~$130 shipped to the US.

Pedals are often an afterthought. Good pedals is, IMHO, money well spent. We'll spend $100's of $$$ on carbon bars because that's showy and $$$ for profile design cages and X-lab wings only to have components which affect ride be discounted as an afterthought.

Mary: Congrats on the new bike. Hoping that you love it

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Subject: RE: Shimano Dura-Ace or Ultegra Pedals?
pitt83 - 2009-05-25 8:54 AM
KathyG - 2009-05-25 8:24 AM
DolphinGirlMB - 2009-05-24 11:57 PM OK...I am researching pedals......I am thinking the Ultegras 6620, but I can't find them less then $110 plus shipping.  Any ideas where to get them for less? 


I wouldn't sped that much on ultegra pedals when just starting out when spending more on bike with better parts would be a better investment.

Probikekit.com has some 105 level for about $40.

I have three sets of pedals and only one is Ultegra when I found a super deal from last year's model and had just bought a my new TTbike. Other two are 105 pedals.

In the scheme of things having 44 grams off your pedals is not a big deal.
Kathy: I'll be a dissenter here. The money spent on better pedals pays off. Lighter = less lifting each pedal stroke. 40gm x 90rpm = 360 gm, or about 3/4 of a pound you're lifting each minute with your feet. Tell me you wouldn't lose that if you could. Same argument applies to shoe weight, although that's even more costly to shed. Also, better bearings = longer life and smoother operation. I'm a big fan of LOOK Keo carbon as the sweet spot for $$$ versus performance. From probikekit.com you can sometimes get them for ~$130 shipped to the US. Pedals are often an afterthought. Good pedals is, IMHO, money well spent. We'll spend $100's of $$$ on carbon bars because that's showy and $$$ for profile design cages and X-lab wings only to have components which affect ride be discounted as an afterthought. Mary: Congrats on the new bike. Hoping that you love it


I agree you get what you pay for  but if you are buying a bike and not getting ultegra bike why get ultegra pedals? I still think the extra $70-80 bucks is better spent towards better parts in your bike. Cheaper to upgrade pedals at a later date.

To many folks when looking at a new bike that may come in 3 versions $1000, $1250 and $1550 opt for the cheapest one but by spending the extra $250 on the middle version the parts and upgrades that come on the bike may be much better and in my opinion a good deal for the money spent.

My point was if you need to save money when starting out and having to buy a bike, pedals and shoes, etc, maybe the extra stuff you can save on more than the biggest purchase the bike itself. I know from other posts DolphinGirlMB is in the new to the sport and needs to get everything for a new road bike place.
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On a side note...I am shopping on EBAY.  I have the bike (on order - Specialized Tarmac Comp) and I already have my shoes (Specialized Trivent), helmet, gloves, but no clipless pedals.  I try to buy quality over quantity.  I am probably going to purchase these used... and I would like something that will last.

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Ultegra pedals on sale at www.excelsports.com for $110. Good deal and they're a good vendor.
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