Combining Shimano components, i.e., DA and Ultegra
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    Combining Shimano components, i.e., DA and Ultegra

    I have a full ultegra set on a road bike, but I have a chance to get a DA 9000 set. Not for sure if I want the whole upgrade at once due to price reasons at this stage, but I can also purchase various DA components w/o getting the entire groupset. I like the look of DA and I know it is slightly lighter. I was wondering do a lot of people do this and mix with ultegra and for those that have done it / would do it, which would be the priority DA components you would buy to mix in (crankset, chain, cassette, bottom bracket, derailleur, brakes, etc.)? Additionally, are there any cons to doing this type of mix?
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    Shifters and Front Derailleur

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    While I agree it looks cool functionally I personally can't tell the difference. If you have 11 speed Shimano feel free to mix and match with 9000 as you please.

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    It's all covered in post #2...although it's interesting that no mention was made of brakes or cables.
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    Awesome video. Thanks for this send. He answered my question completely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMsRepBike View Post
    Shifters and Front Derailleur
    LOL! Figures. One of my bikes came from the factory equipped with mostly Ultegra components, but a DA rear derailleur.

    Not only is there no appreciable difference between this DA rd's performance and that of the Ultegra rd on my other bike, but the DA rd has actually required way more service than the Ultegra! Sucks to be me...

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    Excellent. I'm wondering if there is a similar video for Sram.
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    I'm running Shimano Di2 11 sp with a SRAM cassette with a KMC gold chain. No problemo.
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    The cobbled together "group" from that video will cost you far more than simply buying a complete Ultegra group. Since he recommends mostly Ultegra anyway, why not make it easy on yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiro11 View Post
    The cobbled together "group" from that video will cost you far more than simply buying a complete Ultegra group.
    I was thinking the same. The hodge podge FrankenShimano combination of 105/Ultegra/Dura Ace wouldn't result in a cost savings over full Ultegra, so one has to ask if the performance benefits of Dura Ace shifters and Dura Ace front derailleur are worth the increased cost.

    There's no correct or universal answer applicable to everyone, IMO.

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