Shimano Ultegra ST-6500 Shifters

2.62/5 (63 Reviews)
MSRP : $199.99


Product Description

  • 9-speed SIS Shifting
  • Compatible With Double or Triple Chainrings
  • The ST-6501 is the Shimano Flight Deck Compatible Design


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    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by danielflood80 a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: April 17, 2007

    Strengths:    (when set up properly) - awesome shifting. Only a tiny movement required to jump from small to big chainring. Trim allows me to use the 12tooth cog in the small chainring with no rub, and something like 23tooh cog in the big chainring with no rub. Shifting is smooth and precise, although due to the fact that you can go up 3 shifter on the rear with one sweep of the lever, sometimes you accidently go up too many gears, although this applies to all the other road shifters out there too.
    As brake levers they are great, very solid and reliable. I find the hoods comfy, although some people seem to find the campy hoods better. Use whatever fits your hand best.


    Weaknesses:    requires more maintenance than campy, but come on, what bike part doesn't require maintenance? If you want a "set and forget" bike, then a high end road bike isn't for you.
    Getting the trim set up can take some experimenting, although this isn't a weakness, just my lack of knowledge.
    The only serious weakness is that it's too easy to accidently go up too many gears sometimes on the rear, although this is really just a matter of getting used to it.


    Bottom Line:   
    I bought these second hand on ebay a year ago, and they have worked flawlessly ever since. These work great, but like any mechanical component require servicing. For some reason, cyclists seem to think shifters with all their moving parts can just keep working into infinity without proper care.

    I am writing this because I think the 9spd ultegras are fantastic shifters, and a fantastic groupset, and if you're like me, building a bike on a budget, you can get them for a great price on ebay.

    These shifters clog up with dirt quickly and easily. Twice a year, more depending on how much you ride, you need to disconnect the cables, buy a can of teflon based lube with a narrow nozzle, and thoroughly flush out the entire innards with the lube. That means every single crevice, pull the brake levers down, flush behind them etc, it's easier if you take the shifters off first. While you flush you will see dirt running out. Keep flushing until it's 100% clean. Use half a can if you have to, we're not lubing so much as cleaning. Then dry them as best you can with a clean rag. If you do this, I bet you they will never seize.

    As far as functioning, when properly maintained and set up, these are amazing. Rear shifts are spot on, only a tiny movement of the lever required to go up a gear, or you can go up 3 in a big sweep. Front shifting is incredible IF you have it set up properly. I installed these myself and spent ages getting the trim working properly, and now it works flawlessly, only the tiniest movement of the lever is required to go from the small to big chainring. If yours doesn't do this, it's not set up properly.

    I can't recomend these enough. Nowadays they are very cheap on ebay, and provided you service and set them up properly, they will perform on par with any other shifters out there.

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    Favorite Ride:   murray river around mildura in summer

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   ebay!

    Similar Products Used:   shimano sora

    Bike Setup:   Omega matrix frame, ultegra 9spd groupset, crappy alex wheels, thomson masterpiece seatpost, modolo kx bars


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Jubal Dais a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: July 25, 2006

    Strengths:    More precise shifting

    Weaknesses:    Price

    Bottom Line:   
    I have a Cannondale R800 with a mix of 105 and Ultegra. I wanted to make it all Ultegra, so I upgraded from Shimano 105 shifters to Ultegra. Shifting is definitely more precise and quicker, especially with the front gear(left shifter)

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    Favorite Ride:   rolling hills

    Price Paid:    $170.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano 105

    Bike Setup:   Cannondale R800 triple


    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by ElSupreme a Road Racer

    Date Reviewed: February 10, 2006

    Strengths:    Shift feel in great, espically compared to the 9speed 105 which are crap.

    Weaknesses:    Blowing up feature tha requires buying new 200$ shifter combo.
    ^&$@%!#$%%&^%&#$%@# top caps SURE SUCK.


    Bottom Line:   
    Great shifting, last pair has lasted really long time. The first pair blew up for no reason.
    Fairly light and exelent shifting feel. Mine say DURA-ACE on top because the *^$*&%#*@^&$#%*&@# SOB top caps fall off all the f-ing time.
    They also have atendency to blow up for no reason.

    GETS 3 in value because 105 is that bad.
    Gets 3 in overall because the top caps are worthless and they blow up randomly (but it seems to lock you in your 25 about 40 miles from your house)

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    Favorite Ride:   In the sunshine.

    Price Paid:    $210.00

    Purchased At:   Atlanta SUCKling

    Similar Products Used:   Dura-ace, 9.
    105 9.
    Campy Record.


    Bike Setup:   Ultegra shifters with NO FLIGHT DECK ribbons, and Dura-ace top caps.


    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by HALsaves a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: October 26, 2004

    Strengths:    Smooth shifting while it lasts.

    Weaknesses:    Low quality. Unserviceable.

    Bottom Line:   
    Complete garbage and unservicable to boot. The right shifter siezed after 1 year. The left shifter has now stopped working correctly after 2.5 years. I bought Campy Veloce yesterday.

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    Favorite Ride:   Lefthand Canyon to Ward

    Purchased At:   Excel Sports

    Similar Products Used:   Modolo Morphos

    Bike Setup:   Redline Conquest Pro
    Campy Veloce and Ultegra


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Fuzznsmoo a Recreational Rider

    Date Reviewed: August 31, 2004

    Strengths:    Cheap and Simple

    Weaknesses:    Not Rebuildable ala Campy

    Bottom Line:   
    My levers are still working fine after five years and 11,000 miles, but some maintenance was required. The screw under the cap had to be loctited in, and most important, the levers have to be flushed out with lube about once a year or they will seize up. I've tried Finish Line dry lube (spray), silicone spray, and Triflow spray, and the Triflow is the clear winner. I get in every nook and cranny and really try and flush the dirt and grime. If I do this once a year or so, the levers work great. But I do wish there was some way to really take these apart and clean them properly.

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    Favorite Ride:   Jamison Creek

    Purchased At:   OEM

    Similar Products Used:   Other Shimano

    Bike Setup:   1999 Trek 5200



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