Road Cycling for a year now, I have recently acquired an S-works SL5 Frameset.
i am abit on a strict budget, initial plan was to build it up with an R8000 ultegra groupset.
i mentioned it to one of my cycling friends, who wasnt impressed... he said a high end frameset deserves a high end groupset..
just wondering what other cyclist think? Should i save up some more to get the Dura ace or is the R8000 ultegra good enough and stop being a bike snob?
if i do go with the ultegra will i want to go for the dura ace eventually??
Background: i generally do group rides and fondos... but want to eventually do some crits and road races...
thanks in advance...
It only matters if you think about it. Personally it all depends on what do you want to accomplish with the bike.
Ultegra when compared with other groups can be considered heavy.
I use ultegra chains and cassettes always because of their durability and reliability.
My go to build group is the one that gives me the best weight to price ratio. Why buy DA brakes for $290 or Red Aero for the amar when Force brakes cost half and the weight difference is less than 20gm? Actually force is lighter than DA in some components.
The cranks is the same. I dont like ultegra cranks because they are heavy WHEN compared to Red BB30. Same with force and DA.
But this is just how I approach the bike building. I want the most cost effective lightest posible bike. I recently had a friend look at the bike and said. "This is a very well thought out bike." And the bike looks bad ass.
I even created a spread sheet with weights and prices and then went shopping alternating parts between sram and shimano where it was permisible.
The bike is 15.8lbs. One hater called it a franken bike. I told him it was a 10k bike and that it was made by me with a lot of thought. But he is still entitled to his opinion. My opinion...the bike is bad ass.
Do what works for you man. I never buy any particular group because there are advantages if you combine them. If you put effort in research and combine ideas with a goal in mind instead of buying just a group already thought out for you, the bike carries your thought process and knowledge.
If you are already building that means you have some knowledge already about putting it together. Why not go for more?
This is the franken bike.
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