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Hot on the heels of Shimanos launch of new Dura-Ace R9200, the Japanese brand has actually followed up with what it refers to as the “real-world application of those technologies,” with an update to its second-tier groupset, Ultegra.Shimano Ultegra has long lived in the shadow of Dura-Ace, silently borrowing its headline-grabbing technologies, constructing it into a groupset built from lower-quality, much heavier materials and therefore making it offered at a lower price point. That lower pricepoint makes it more accessible than Dura-Ace, and past iterations of Ultegra have guaranteed a number of the very same performance credentials as its more pricey counterpart.The same uses with Ultegra R8100; this newest iteration, which boasts all of the exact same heading features as its more premium stablemate, including a shift to electric-only, Semi-wireless and 12-speed. Todays launch sees the space in between Ultegra and Dura-Ace close even more than ever previously, as Shimano has introduced a couple of new features to the tier-two groupset that have formerly been reserved for the brands top-tier offering, consisting of a power meter and carbon-fibre wheels. In general, depending on spec choice and omitting wheels, the weight penalty with Ultegra will be around 300g compared to Dura-Ace. Offered there is also a cost-saving in excess of ₤ 1,000/ $1,500, the tier-two option will certainly be an exciting proposal for anyone taking a look at the most recent Shimano roadway groupsets with a view to upgrading their road bike groupset. Shimanos new Ultegra shifters are wireless (Image credit: Irmo Keizer/ Andreas Dobslaff – Shimano) Semi-wirelessJust like Dura-Ace, new Ultegra gets the exact same semi-wireless Di2 platform, which sees shifters connect wirelessly to the rear derailleur, which is then wired to the battery and front derailleur. The rear derailleur (RD-R8150) serves as the master, real estate the surprise charging port, LED indication and function button. Much like Dura-Ace, Shimano says this has helped to increase reliability, optimise battery efficiency and boost shifting speed, claiming an increase in shift speed of 58 per cent at the rear derailleur, 45 per cent at the front, and a battery that will last 1,000 km. This is accomplished utilizing the very same BT-DN300 battery, SD-300 wires and “high security, quick processing and low power usage proprietary chip circuit” that Shimano states “substantially decreases the possibility of disturbance from external devices.” According to Shimano, the only distinction comes in the building and construction, leading to components that are heavier. The front derailleur weighs 116g (versus 96g for Dura-Ace), and the rear derailleur weighs 262g (versus 215g). New Ultegra gets 12 gears in an 11-30 or 11-34 setup (Image credit: Irmo Keizer/ Andreas Dobslaff – Shimano) 12-speedPerhaps the most apparent, however crucial action for Shimano Dura-Ace was a dive from 11 to 12-speed cassettes, bringing it back in line with SRAM and Campagnolos roadway offerings, and the same has been right away applied to Ultegra. Like Dura-Ace, Ultegra comes with an option of two cassettes, 11-30 and 11-34, both of which will be well received by climbers. Just like their more expensive brother or sisters, these cassettes feature Hyperglide+ innovation, which uses ramped tooth profiles and is stated to increase the smoothness of moving under load. An 11-30 Ultegra cassette weighs 297g (versus 223g for Dura-Ace), and regardless of getting a brand-new spline pattern, remains compatible with 11-speed freehub bodies. Shimano has actually wanted to its 12-speed XT mountain bicycle range for the chain, implying Ultegra R8100 will utilize the CN-M8100 to simplify the purchase procedure for consumers. The new bleed port is outside dealing with, alleviating the bleed process for mechanics (Image credit: Irmo Keizer/ Andreas Dobslaff – Shimano) BrakesThe next area of mimicry comes at the brakes, with Ultegra following the same plan as Dura-Ace once again. Rim brakes stay here too, however, its in the disc brakes where development has been carried out. This consists of the introduction of Servowave innovation, which uses a shorter free stroke and improved modulation; in addition to the exact same 10 percent increase in pad clearance and switch to mountain bike rotors (RT-MT800) which Shimano declares outcomes in a quieter overall system. Ultegra likewise gets the same brand-new caliper style, which sees a separate bleed port and valve screw for much easier bleeding. The calipers weigh 282g, versus Dura-Aces 229g. The Ultegra crankset remains in line with Dura-Ace design DNA (Image credit: Irmo Keizer/ Andreas Dobslaff – Shimano) ChainsetTheres more of the exact same when it pertains to the chainset, with Shimano once again taking its Dura-Ace functions and product packaging it into a somewhat much heavier building. Nevertheless, its here where Ultegra starts to bridge the space to Dura-Ace with the intro of the CS-R8100-P, Ultegras first power meter chainset. This – and the non-power-meter version – are offered in compact 50/34 and semi-compact 52/36 chainring setups, foregoing the new 54/40 combination that has been introduced within Dura-Ace. While the Ultegra chainsets plainly follow the same DNA styling as Dura-Ace, there is a noticeable difference, with the Ultegra being somewhat more square in its shaping, and slightly more grey in its finishing colour. WheelsHere the space to Dura-Ace is closed even more, with the new Ultegra groupset getting its first-ever taste of carbon-fibre wheels. The ranges calling structure and the style of the wheels are, as soon as again, borrowed from above, but while Dura-Ace has remained committed to tubular innovation and rim brakes, the Ultegra wheel range is not. As an outcome, there are just three wheelsets in the variety, all of which are disc-brake compatible, tubeless-ready clinchers.The very first is the shallowest of the 3, the C36, which weighs in at 1,448 g (versus 1,350 g for the Dura-Ace equivalent) and sits at 36mm deep. The 2nd is the all-rounder C50, at 50mm deep, weighing in at 1,570 g (versus 1,461 g). The 3rd is the aero offering, at 60mm the C60 weighs in at 1,649 g, simply 40 grams more than the Dura-Ace equivalent. Prices, schedule, and weightsShimano Ultegra will be offered in October 2021.

MSRP $MSRP ₤ WeightDrivetrainFC-R8100Ultegra Cranksets with Chainrings$ 314.99 ₤ 299.99711gFC-R8100-PUltegra Power Meter Crankset with Chainrings$ 1,159.99 ₤ 999.99769gST-R8150Ultegra Di2 Shift/Rim Brake Lever Set (Left and Right)$ 424.99 ₤ 399.99ST-R8170Ultegra Di2 Shift/Disc Brake Lever Set (Left and Right)$ 809.98 ₤ 699.98391gCS-R8100Ultegra Cassette (11-30)$ 111.99 ₤ 119.99297gFD-R8150Ultegra Di2 Front Derailleur$ 259.99 ₤ 249.99116gRD-R8150Ultegra Di2 Rear Derailleur$ 409.99 ₤ 379.99262gBrakesBR-R8100Rim Brake Caliper Set$ 162.99 ₤ 159.98BR-R8170Hydraulic Disc Brake Caliper Set$ 170.98 ₤ 179.98282gRT-MT800Disc Brake Rotor (140mm and 160mm)$ 55.99 ₤ 49.99 (each) 212gJ-Kit Brake SetUltegra Hydraulic Disc Brake Set (Calipers and Levers) – Front$ 536.99 ₤ 449.99J-Kit Brake SetUltegra Hydraulic Disc Brake Set (Calipers and Levers) – Rear$ 536.99 ₤ 449.99WheelsWH-R8170-C36-TLUltegra C36 Tubeless Disc Brake Wheelset $1,399.99 ₤ 1,259.981,488gWH-R8170-C50-TLUltegra C50 Tubeless Disc Brake Wheelset $1,399.99 ₤ 1,259.981,570gWH-R8170-C60-TLUltegra C60 Tubeless Disc Brake Wheelset $1,399.99 ₤ 1,259.981,649 gDi2 PartsBT-DN300Di2 Battery$ 184.99 ₤ 174.9953gEW-EC300Di2 Charger$ 49.99 ₤ 44.99SW-RS801-SShift Switch for Drops (set)$ 139.99 ₤ 119.99SW-RS801-TShift Switch for Tops (set)$ 139.99 ₤ 119.99.

Hot on the heels of Shimanos launch of brand-new Dura-Ace R9200, the Japanese brand has followed up with what it describes as the “real-world application of those technologies,” with an upgrade to its second-tier groupset, Ultegra.Shimano Ultegra has actually long lived in the shadow of Dura-Ace, quietly obtaining its headline-grabbing technologies, developing it into a groupset constructed from lower-quality, much heavier materials and hence making it available at a lower price point. That lower pricepoint makes it more available than Dura-Ace, and past models of Ultegra have actually assured numerous of the exact same efficiency credentials as its more expensive counterpart.The same applies with Ultegra R8100; this newest iteration, which boasts all of the same heading functions as its more premium stablemate, including a shift to electric-only, 12-speed and semi-wireless. Shimanos new Ultegra shifters are wireless (Image credit: Irmo Keizer/ Andreas Dobslaff – Shimano) Semi-wirelessJust like Dura-Ace, new Ultegra gets the same semi-wireless Di2 platform, which sees shifters link wirelessly to the rear derailleur, which is then wired to the battery and front derailleur. The Ultegra crankset remains in line with Dura-Ace design DNA (Image credit: Irmo Keizer/ Andreas Dobslaff – Shimano) ChainsetTheres more of the very same when it comes to the chainset, with Shimano when again taking its Dura-Ace features and packaging it into a slightly much heavier building and construction. The varietys calling structure and the design of the wheels are, when again, borrowed from above, but while Dura-Ace has actually remained dedicated to tubular technology and rim brakes, the Ultegra wheel variety is not.

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