Review: Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed mechanical drivetrain


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

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

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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 all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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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.

  • Fred W. says:

    Recently upgraded from 2007 madone 5.2 to 2014 madone 5.2 with ultegra 6800 group set. Shifting is quite smooth and responsive, It takes less effort to shift and brake. I hope the responsivienss continues as I put miles on. It seems tha the 2007 was resposive at the start, but as miles were added the shifting did get sloppy. I did change chains and serviced the drive train.

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