Shimano Ultegra 6800 STI Levers (11 Speed)
In the case of these glorious shift levers Shimano did more than just model Ultegra after Dura-Ace, they used the exact same hood shape. This much slimmer profile is not only an advantage for riders with smaller hands but it increases the comfort, grip and control of all riders. Shimano not only sought to make hood positioning more comfortable but also wanted the rider to have improved braking and shifting performance from this position as well. They redesigned the lever throw to be shorter and lighter, decreasing shifting effort by 13% and developed new polymer coated cabling to minimize friction and ensure the lightest action shifting available. Using the vivid index technology seen in Dura-Ace, the force required to shift remains consistent across the cassette and the rider receives clear feedback during shift engagement.
Ultegra 6800 is particularly enticing because it packs in the features to increase shifting performance but also pays special attention to rider comfort. Shimano knows how important cockpit customization is for overall ride quality so they added 10mm of reach adjustment so you can get your carbon levers in the perfect spot. The improved ergonomics and high end 11-speed shifting technology of Dura-Ace 9000 is finally available in the more affordable Ultegra 6800 group. You are going to have to fight off your envious riding partners with a stick.
- Actual weight 420 grams
- Carbon lever blades
- Improved ergonomics
- 10mm reach adjustment mechanism
- Vivd index technology
- Lighter action and shorter throw by 13% over 6700
- 11-speed compatible only