TBH i ve a DA TCR pro0 and DA Look 595, both 9100, this May hired a TCR with r7000 but upgraded the wheels to carbon, if i could ride blindfolded, i wouldn't have known the difference, maybe there was less than 1kg in it, the shifting was every so different but not worse.Pottermouse wrote: ↑Tue Nov 15, 2022 10:32 amMy own thoughts. My road bike is a 2014 SuperSix Evo Ultegra. Paid about £2,000 new. Love it, but it is falling apart. Braze ons debonding, so rear brake cable now held on with zip-ties. This does not affect my enjoyment (or indeed the quality) of the ride. But I accept it is time to change. Like-for-like probably about £6-7,000 now... perhaps more. That stings (it used to get... yaddah yaddah...), and not convinced that it would increase my riding pleasure though. So why not go with 105? I doubt the riding pleasure would suffer and it is probably a sensible choice... but I have always been an Ultegra person. No reason, just have. Feels like a big step down - would I regret it?. But then again the £1,500 saved = a nice bike holiday abroad.
The point is that every decision is personal, and (unless we are blessed with bottomless pockets), most of us are balancing competing demands that cannot be completely reconciled.
I ve just got a r8000 groupset to go on another TCR, that will be even less of a difference.
Manufactures saw what folk would pay during lockdown and just kept upping the stakes... no other reason to be doubling bike prices.