Review: Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed mechanical drivetrain

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Shimano Ultegra 6800

Complete Price Breakdown

Shifters — $400
Front derailleur — $60
Rear derailleur (short cage) — $100
Crankset — $320
Bottom Bracket — $35
Brakes — $175
Cassette (11-28) — $110
Chain — $50

Wheels — $750
Pedals — $200

Complete Group — $1250 (not including wheels and pedals)

Weight Comparison

Ultegra 6700
Rear Derailleur: 189 grams
Front Derailleur: 89
Shift Levers: 447
Brakes: 317
Crankset/Bottom Bracket: 791 (170mm cranks, 53-39 chainring)
Cassette: 209 (11-23)
Chain: 267 (114 links)
Total: 2309 grams

Ultegra 6800 (with net gain or loss)
Rear Derailleur: 195 (+6)
Front Derailleur: 89
Shift Levers: 425 (-22)
Brakes: 335 (+18)
Crankset/Bottom Bracket: 765 (-26)
Cassette: 212 (+3)
Chain: 253 (-14)
Total: 2274 grams (-35)

Other Weights

Cassettes
11-23 = 212 grams
11-25 = 232
12-25 = 243
11-28 = 251
11-32 = 292

Ultegra 6800 Wheels (without QR)
Front = 700 grams
Rear = 940
Front Hub = 158
Rear Hub = 336

Review: Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed mechanical drivetrain Gallery
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Hoods are comfortable and provide easy access to reach adjust and the hood fixing bolt.
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There is 10mm of easy-to-adjust reach adjustment.
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Our test bike, a size 60cm Parlee Z5sl.
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PRO Cockpit

We filled out our test build with parts from Shimano's component arm, PRO.
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The look isn't as dead sexy as the Dura-Ace, but it's not bad either.
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A little dirty, yes. But no visible wear after a few thousand miles.
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Shift Lever

Skinner and more ergonomic than previous iterations.
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Rear Derailleur

Standard and Ultegra GS mid-cage rear derailleurs mean you can run five different cassettes: 11-23, 11-25, 12-25, 11-28 and 11-32.
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Front Derailleur

Performance has been virtually flawless.
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Crankset

The four-arm spider allows for numerous chainring options.
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Chainring options include 53-39, 52-36, 50-34 and 46-36.
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Stopping Power

Braking performance is one of the group's highlights .
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Easy Access

It's no problem getting a 5mm Allen wrench engaged.
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On The Road

Shimano's new Ultegra 6800 group has brought nearly as much joy as this Colorado mountain view.
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Testing Testing

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Full group retails for $1,250.
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Standard derailleur
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The GS derailleur means you can run an 11-32 cassette.
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New Ultegra wheels run $750.
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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.


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  • twain says:

    Great article. I got a chance to ride 11-speed Dura Ace for a bit and it was remarkably quiet and, hate to say it, shifted much better than 10-speed. So despite my grumbles about 11-speed, looks like there are real reasons to upgrade.

  • Conscience of a Conservative says:

    Enjoy the product with one exception. Rear Derailleur cable snapped at 4,000 miles by the shifters. Reading similar accounts from other riders. Sounds like Shimano has a design issue they need to address. I’ve put ten years on a 6500 set-up and nothing like this has ever occurred.

  • Steven Roberts says:

    I have a 2014 Giant Advance I with all 6800 including wheels and Continental GP 4000sII tires. The 6800 hardware makes for a great ride. Other bikes, new and older, not provide the same level of performance. My wife has an equivalent Trek with same set up and experiences the same type of performance.

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