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I've been a Shimano guy, until I just finished a Pinarello build with Record. That got me hooked. So I'm not really sure how the Campy groups translate to the Shimano groups in terms of level/quality.
My question is will the Chorus group on a Helium be "ok"? Or is that level of component not up to the level of the frame? My concern is getting it all built and regretting the group choice. The all black Chorus group will definitely look nice on the black Flandrien.
The Pinarello build set me back 7k +. And this one isn't going to be cheap either. So if I can get away without spending Record money that would be great. I know there's a little bit of a weight difference, but that my be offset by cold hard cash. Plus, the Chorus doesn't have any red on it, and neither does the frame. I'm anal that way.
The other pieces of the build are Ksyrium SLRs, and FSA carbon bars and stem.
If your go with Chorus, yes your probably going to come upon certain cyclists who say "You should have went with RECORD" but thats just conversation. I put Super Record on a Cannondale CAAD9 ... Some would say that level of componetry is above the level of the frame!!
Heck, I run 10 speed Centaur shifters on my Helium with 10 speed Chorus rear mech and 11 speed Chorus cranks and brakes....Its good!
In the last few years, I'd gone to Record exclusively except for my winter and cross bikes. However, this year I was building a couple of 11 speed bikes that were blue and didn't like the red accents. Chorus is 121 grams heavier than Record, 29 of that in the cassette. Super Record is another 59 grams lighter, 24 of that in the cassette. Since I almost never used Record cassettes in 10 speed because of price, I discounted that part of the weight saving. The Chorus group works as well as my Record groups and will last just as long, it's just marginally heavier. At Ribble or Shiny Bike prices, Record is about 50% more expensive than Chorus and Super Record is about double. Neither is really good value. However, I will use Record or Super Record if they work with the bike's colour scheme just because they are (supposed to be) the best.
Thanks for all of the feedback. I did go with the Chorus.
Now it's down to saddle choice. I just put a Flite Gel Flow on my Pinarello that I like. Just trying to decide if that's too much saddle for this bike. Weight wise, etc.
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