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    Mercier Draco Dura Ace VS Motobecane Century Pro

    Hey guys!

    I haven't been into road bikes for decades, but I am now trying to get a good deal. Saw these two bikes and thought I'd get some opinions.

    The Mercier seems to be the better deal, being lighter (a whole WHOPPING 2 lbs!) and with what to me seems to be better parts (DURA ACE 7800 vs Ultegra 6600). They're priced the same, so I'm guessing the Moto has a better frame???

    Moto sure is a nicer looking bike, but I couldn't care less about the appearance. I care about performance

    Any thoughts?

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/.../draco_wcs.htm

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._08_carbon.htm

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    Apparently the differences are:

    The aluminum frame Draco has better top of the line DuraAce and Ritchey WCS cockpit and wheelsets..
    The Carbon frame Moto has a mixed of Ultegra drivetrain and 2nd tier Ritchey cockpit and wheelsets.

    The question which I cannot answer for you is, which has more priority on your part?...frame or components?

    Performance? ... both are capable of winning a race or a double century ride.

    The Carbon vs Aluminum debate I believe is on-going at the Bike, Frame boards.

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    To what midlife posted I would add that a carbon frame will absorb a lot of road noise while a full aluminum frame will ride a bit rougher.

    However, if performance is the thing you want the most, then the lighter Draco with full Dura Ace would probably suit you best. You can always get a different seat.
    It takes forever to reach a destination that does not exist.

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    Thanks for the input guys!

    I don't know what's more important to me - the frame or the component? What should be more important? I guess Oversane answered it for me

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    The Draco's frame is Columbus Zonal Butted aluminum. The workmanship and finish are first rate in my book. I did find the frame surprisingly comfortable for an aluminum.

    Just wanted to point out that the frame was not sacrificed for the components.

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    There's no real performance difference for a rec rider between Dura-Ace and Ultegra. There is a performance difference in wheels. You can save $400 by going with the Mercier Serpens LTD30 which is the same as the Draco except uses a full Ultegra instead of Dura Ace and has a triple front crank instead of a double. It's not clear if you prefer a triple v double since the Century Pro is a triple too.

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    Thanks!

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