Is there an advantage to mixing a Dura Ace chain with Ultegra. Is this even recommended? I remember reading something about Shimano not reccomending mixing, but i don't see what the difference could be as long as everything is nine speed.
Mixing is fine - you'll get the most bang for your buck if you go D/A on the parts that make the biggest difference in performace and/or weight (e.g. shifters, crankset) and Ultegra on more 'expendable' parts (e.g. cassette, chain).
I was going to post and say that I use a Dura Ace chain with a Ultegra cassette on my old bike but I just remembered that I went with a Dura Ace Cassette. I tried a Wipperman stainless with the D.A. cog and it did not work for beans. The Wipp works fine with my Campy group on my newer bike. The D.A. chain cost what $30.00 (I forget). The D.A. chain works great.
I do not believe the statement about the chain life is correct in this instance. The D/A chains seem to perform and last longer than any other Shimano Chain. If you open a used Shimano 7701chain you should consider a Wipperman link or Sram link when you reinstall it. I have seen too many instances of reconnecting with the Shimano pin causing an unreliable link. Your results may vary.
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