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My LBS has an '05 Comp in my size and it's been marked down $400 from the original price which makes it $100 less than the '06 Expert. The '05 Comp has alot more DA stuff and seems to be the better value, but I thought I'd float it out here for some expert opinion. I understand that the Shimano wheeleset on the expert is lighter, but other than that I can't see any advantage to getting the Expert. Am I missing something here or is this a no-brainer?

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My LBS has an '05 Comp in my size and it's been marked down $400 from the original price which makes it $100 less than the '06 Expert. The '05 Comp has alot more DA stuff and seems to be the better value, but I thought I'd float it out here for some expert opinion. I understand that the Shimano wheeleset on the expert is lighter, but other than that I can't see any advantage to getting the Expert. Am I missing something here or is this a no-brainer?

Thanks -sw
The main difference is 10 speed for the '06 vs. 9 speed for the '05. If you have an older bike with 9 speed, you can cannibalize it for parts for the Comp, but you can't really do that for the Expert. Also, the brifters are different between 9 speed and 10 speed-I think I might like the way the 10 speed fits better, but I haven't done much riding on 10 speed. I don't think I could tell the difference between DA and Ultegra.

I have an '05 Comp and love it. I don't regret my end of season purchase. I upgraded the wheels to Ksyrium Elites, which I've been happy with. If I need to, I can throw on my Open Pros from my old bike with no problems...
 

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I should have specified, but the Comp I'm looking at is a double which I'm pretty sure is 10 speed. My only other bike is a Redline (cross) with 105, so I probably won't be switching parts anyway. I was thinking the wheels would be the first upgrade, maybe even seeing if I could work a deal at the time of purchase. Have you changed anything else?
 

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I should have specified, but the Comp I'm looking at is a double which I'm pretty sure is 10 speed. My only other bike is a Redline (cross) with 105, so I probably won't be switching parts anyway. I was thinking the wheels would be the first upgrade, maybe even seeing if I could work a deal at the time of purchase. Have you changed anything else?
Makes sense. I swapped out the Specialized seat for the fizik Aliante Gamma I had on my old bike. Otherwise, stock. I'm pretty happy I upgraded the wheels, although I notice the wind more than with my old Open Pros.
 

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...Or how about an '05 Tarmac Pro ? OK, call me compulsive. I went and test rode the Roubaix that I just knew I wanted today and this is what followed me home. Isn't she shweet? Tomorrow, we ride !

<img src="http://members.bellatlantic.net/~vze2gb32/PICT0001.JPG"
 
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