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Shimano Ultegra R8000 Once Again Profits from the Trickle Down Effect of Dura Ace

It’s here: Shimano Ultegra R8000. Traditionally, manufacturers show off their latest components to the bike manufacturing industry at the Tapei Cycle Show. The product numbers and prices have been known for a while for them, but now they get to see the actual components on the bikes as well.

In 2016, Shimano showed us the new Shimano Dura Ace R9100 groupset, and this year it’s the turn of the completely redesigned Shimano Ultegra R8000 groupset, which will be available on new bikes later in 2017. First though, let’s take a look at the specifications of this new drivetrain.

Shimano Ultegra R8000 looks a lot like Dura Ace R9100

As we’ve seen before, there are a lot of similarities between Ultegra R8000 and the latest version of Dura Ace. Naturally, there will be an electronic version as well, and disc brakes will become available too.

arm design, like we’ve seen with Dura Ace R9100. A first glance at the new groupset provides us with a lot of information without having even seen it in the flesh. Here are a few things which stood out about the new 11-speed groupset:

Shimano Ultegra R8000 Specifications

  • 11-speed
  • The crankset will be available in 53-39, 52-36 and 50-34.
  • The cassette comes with the same ratios as the 6800 cassette it replaces, and it’s interchangeable with the 6800 groupset. An addition to the range is the extra 11-34 (CS-HG800), which can also be used on mountain bikes.
  • The chain will be the HG701.
  • The rear derailleur has two mounting options: standard and direct mount. There are two cage lengths: short cage for 11-25 up to 11-30 cassettes, and a long cage for the 11-28 up to 11-34 cassettes.
  • The front derailleur is braze on and features the same adjusting mechanism as the R9100 front derailleur. That means you can adjust your cable tension with an allen key.

Shimano Ultegra R8000 comes in four versions

In keeping with expectations from the cycling world, Shimano continues to extend their range of disc brake groupsets. Naturally, electronic shifting isn’t forgotten in that trend either. This means there will be no less than four different versions of Shimano Ultegra R8000.

  • Mechanical shifting and rim brakes: Ultegra R8000
  • Mechanical shifting and disc brakes: Ultegra R8020
  • Electronic shifting with rim brakes: Ultegra R8050
  • Electronic shifting with disc brakes: Ultegra R8070

For those who opt for rim brakes, you have a further choice of two types. The traditional single bolt system, placed directly above the wheel. Or direct mount, which uses two bolts placed above and to the sides of the wheel. Direct mount rear brakes are often mounted underneath the frame, just behind the bottom bracket.

The disc brake version of Shimano Ultegra R8000 will only come as a flatmount system.

Shifters

The various shifters have been given virtually identical shapes and feels. They might be a little small to big hands, though preferences on that are highly personal.

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Kees Neijenhuis

Kees Neijenhuis

Enthusiastic trail runner and mountain biker. I love being outdoors! I also have a weak spot for beautiful products and true craftsmanship. Rides a Trek Top Fuel 9.7 SL 2018.

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2 thoughts on “Shimano Ultegra R8000 Once Again Profits from the Trickle Down Effect of Dura Ace”

  1. Does the R8000 FD work any better than the FD6800? The FD6800 required, in some cases, too much initial pressure to start the travel and after the threshold pressure, the changer moved too fast. It was difficult for a small hand to control.

    1. Hi sir Boelhauf,
      The front derailleur of de R8000 group is more optimized. The shifter is more compact, so less initial pressure is needed to move the FD. Otherwise, a adjuster screw is added to optimize the movement of the FD. Kind regards, Hidde

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