In reply to Opus with ShimaNO only offering 10 in D/A and a soon to be Ultegra 10 for '05, you have to remember that ShimaNO were quite happy to stick with 9speed for a few more months maybe even another year at least. However it was really Campy that pushed for 10speed soon after their own version of 9speed came out, all in the name of having a technical edge if you wish to call it that.
Some of you may chide me for this, but i was just patient and stayed with my 8 speed and waited for the ten to be made, so looking at nine speed was to me just a temporary patch in the design war by both Campy and ShimaNO. In a few years, probably by the end of'06, 9speed will be but a distant memory for shimaNOs three top gruppos, and Campy may still have at least one or two 9 speed options in their lower rank gruppos. Such is the passage of time,in less than 20 years we have all seen the rear cluster go from five cogs to ten,whats next