Beat up Dura Ace

Dents, scratches, creaks; all part of a travel bike and a “patina.”

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Those Shimano shifter dust caps are definitely one thing I won’t miss about their new design. The things broke incredibly easy (that or lost their itty bitty little screw, so they’d just fall off), and were $10-15 bucks a piece. Oh, and the shape changed year to year- so it was pretty hard to find the right one.

On the other hand, breaking a ‘03 or ‘04 105 shifter dust cap and replacing it with an Ultegra or DuraAce cap was probably the cheapest upgrade I ever did.

The 7800 faceplates are metal and pretty durable, more so than the plastic/metal combination of the 7700.  But don’t worry, 7900 has a faceplate too.


That DA has survived several trips and you should see what the S&S case looks like; remarkable the damage those cases will take. Where DA gets credit for when traveling is the ability to shift, even when not adjusted right. Because you can hold a shift and “feather” it into place. Def cannot do that on SRAM with it’s 1 to 1 ratio. I hope the new DA also allows shifting with less precision.


Yeah, pretty much the shift action is the same.

Do you remember when I sold you the S&S case, and before I handed it to you I ground the case into the concrete shop floor and said “Get used it!” ?  I wasn’t kidding.

I know of somebody who stashed their S&S case in the middle of a big articulated bus.  The bus turned a sharp corner and munched the case like a gigantic fucking nutcracker.  The case buckled in on one edge and the rear wheel snapped at the rim, but it’s possible that the case be straighten with a heatgun.  I think the frame is okay, but I haven’t measured it with a gauge yet. 


Each trip the case takes a bigger hit—like on this one there’s a inch-long divet in the side of it—what was that? hit by a propeller? I didn’t think of heatgunning it, but I did learn to always cap the axles with those plastic thingys to prevent a puncture or at least a dent in the case.

we haven’t tried using the heatgun yet, so the jury is still out on that fix.  if the case is made from a thermoset polymer rather than a thermoplastic polymer, then it ain’t gonna work.

I’m thinking that you wouldn’t try to use the heatgun method unless the only other choice was to throw the case away and buy another.  remember, the guy’s wheel was crushed while INSIDE the case…

update on that bent case:

didn’t need the heatgun; some time, skill, and a little brutality with a big mallet fixed it.  At first glance, you couldn’t tell.

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