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    Used DA 7800 or new SRAM apex/105... lemme hear yer thinking, lounge.

    Building up a new bike, need to hang some parts on it. Used DA 7800 and new 105/apex cost about the same. Used Ultegra 10 doesn't exist, apparently.

    Normally, I'd be all "Dude, it's DA, just go for it" but I've been burned by used (and unrebuildable) shimano shifters too many times. You know, you buy them they shift great for a week, then whatever sawdust they tossed in the transmission wears off and you discover that they don't actually shift half the gears...

    But, it IS Dura ace, and 105/Apex is kinda lackluster.

    Thought about going with Campy, which is very rebuildable, but that would mean buying new wheels, too and I really don't feel like getting new wheels.

    So lemme have yer wisdom, lounge.
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    I owned a DA hub once, so I figure I am qualified to play along.

    Get the DA and pop for new shifters?

    I'm not going to ever have 10 speed anything, so if it was me I'd put some nice bar end shifters on it and set 'em to friction.

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    On my last build, I went with NoS Sora 8 speed. When tuned, it shifted as good as or better than my 10sp 7800 setup. I did use an 6600 crankset and upgraded FD though. As for your choice, if you can get a guarantee, why not go for some 7800's? Clean them out with WD40 then re-lube.
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    10% off ebay coupon= cheap used DA groupset. Let's hope it works.

    Every other bike I have has DT shifters or thumbshifters, so this is kind of an experiment...
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    I've found DA7800 to be very durable except for the finish peeling of the front derailleur (had this happen on two of them). As long as you don't mind the handlebar cable routing it's a no-brainer. I however switched to Campy about 10 years ago and haven't looked back. Ok... I was looking back a little at DA9000 but the proprietary wheel spacing and chainrings made me stick with Campy 11.
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    All I wanted was a Pepsi!
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    7800 DA is considered by some to be the best DA offering ever. Including by me. So you know it's true.
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    A lotta Shimano guys swear by the 7800 ....stuff was pretty dialed.

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    Cool. Apparently in a week or so I'll get a big box o'parts.
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