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Shimano Ultegra 6800

Shimano is all about the details and this really shows with the Ultegra 6800. While it is easy to question some of the design choices that the brand has gone with, in the end it all proves to be well justified. While Shimano might not be as well-known for their wheelsets, the Ultegra 6800 makes a fine case for declaring their skill in this sector.

While the Ultegra 6800 is light, it does not really fit into that featherweight category that some riders demand from racing wheelsets. One of the reasons that they are a couple of extra grams on this wheelset, however, is due to the presence of a steel freehub body. What you do get in return, nonetheless, is prolonged durability.

Once I had fixed the wheelset and taken it out, I was amazed by the response of them. It is an absolute dream to ride on the Ultegra 6800 which is perfectly stiff and offers up great handling. You also get great power transmission which makes it that much easier to go faster. This is definitely a wheelset that even the pros can appreciate and really is race ready for anyone who wants to use them in that manner.

Another thing that really stood out with the Ultegra 6800 is the braking capabilities. This is not just with dry weather but also when the rain sets in. You can be reassured that you will stop on a dime every time with this wheelset.

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  • Great for professionals as well
  • Good stiffness
  • Durable
  • Great braking ability
  • Price is appropriate for capability

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  • Moderate slow engagement


The Verdict

The Shimano Ultegra is great for any rider, novice or professional as it really is a pleasure to ride.

For its price range, this is really is a superior wheelset.

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