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Shimano Ultegra 8000

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Shimano Ultegra 8000

$900.00
Brand: Shimano
Categories: Groupsets
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Shimano’s venerable Ultegra road bike group is a success for a reason. It is among the market’s best all around items, due to it being the perfect intersection of price, performance, weight, and reliability. It isn’t surprising how much trickle-down technology the new Shimano Ultegra 8000 group has received from their premier Dura Ace 9100 road group; what is surprising is the sheer amount of variation and performance improvements Shimano have made to the ubiquitous Ultegra group. Starting with the base 8000 group, Shimano have improved the road drivetrain in just about every way.

Perhaps the most apparent change to Ultegra 8000 is much sleeker the group is, starting at the shifters down. Resting a hand on it confirms what is obvious visually: the shifters are thinner than ever before, and it feels like a much more natural to place palms. Putting fingers on it, it’s obvious how much larger the independent shift buttons are, which provide a more mechanical feeling that the previous generation. Overall lever throw has been reduced by up to 24%, and in general shift lever effort is lower too, a sign of greater refinement from the derailleurs, chain, and cassette. Both mechanical and electronic shift buttons are designed to provide more mechanical feedback than before, to the delight of people that felt Shimano shifting to be too soft. The shift lever is adorned by a new rubber hood that is textured for greater comfort and grip. Electronic Di2 shifters receive buttons up top that can sync with Garmin computers to toggle through menu screens, and all levers feature a reach adjust as well.

The next most obvious change comes in the derailleurs. The rear derailleur is much more striking than in years past, as it’s mountain bike-derived Shadow parallelogram is a stark contrast from prior generation Ultegra derailleurs. A new direct mount interface also delineates this rear derailleur from the past. It’s low-profile design increases shift smoothness and reliability, while better protecting it from a crash. The short-cage rear will handle up to a quoted 30t cassette, and the medium-cage rear derailleur will easily handle up to a quoted 34t cassette. Meanwhile, Shimano have gone away from their lever arm front derailleur to a unique spool-like cable attachment. The new design is more compact to provides greater tire clearance, shift effort is lower than before, and the front derailleur features a built-in cable tension adjustment. Overall, these are some of the most comprehensive changes yet to the Ultegra mechanical derailleur line to work for a greater spread of tire sizes and gear ratios.

The new Shimano Ultegra 8000 crankset is subtly changed, again with an aim toward greater compatibility for wide tires, disc brakes, and wider gear ranges. They’ve focused on two things: maintaining a low q-factor (crank width), and greater compatibility with disc brake road bikes. In doing so, they’ve been been able to stiffen the crankset more than before, giving it silhouette similar to the new Dura Ace crank. These pair up perfectly with their new cassettes, which now offer wider gear ranges for climbing and gravel riding, up to a new 11-34t.

Shimano have refined every single piece of the Ultegra line, down their brakes. Their rim brakes come in both standard and direct-mount models, and are redesigned to better fit a 28mm tire right out of the box. They also have included a reinforcement around the brake pivots to improve braking power, an improvement shared with their Dura Ace R9100 group. Hydraulic brakes receive similar tech to that of much pricier Dura Ace calipers, as well as cooling fins on the rotors to provide fade-resistant braking.

There are four iterations of Shimano Ultegra R8000, each with a choice of short and medium-cage rear derailleurs, depending on chain wrap:

R8000 - mechanical shifting, cable-actuated braking

R8020 - mechanical shifting, hydraulic braking

R8050 - electronic shifting, cable-actuated braking

R8070 - electronic shifting, hydraulic braking

It’s always an exciting time when Shimano releases a new Ultegra group. It represents attainable technologies and improvements in an overall package that rarely falters. Shimano claim a total group weight of 2503 grams, but we’ve weighed individual parts at a less than their claimed weight. If you’re looking for an excellent group that offers almost Dura Ace-grade performance without the flash, the versatile Shimano Ultegra 8000 group is the right choice.

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A lot to like about ultegra: perfect intersection of price, performance, weight, reliability as any in the cycling market. Steady improvements define the model line and shimano have done it once again

Four groups: 8000, 8020 (hydro mech), 8050, 8070 (hydro di2). Also 8060 (TT BIKES)

R8000: $900

Shifter: thinner and include new hood to mirror dura ace. 24% reduction in lever throw. Overall refinement

Front derailleur: redesigned for disc bikes. Lower leverage, greater tire clearance, lighter shifting. Integrated tension adjust

Dangler: features shadow technology. Low-profile design increases shift smoothness/reliability and reduces crash vulnerability while providing a sleek integrated appearance. Derived from mtb. Long cage danger will work with a 34t cassette.

Cranks: optimized for disc bikes by pushing them out; q-factor remains the same

Brakes: now fit a 28mm tire with fenders, direct mount or standard

R8020: $1175

Shifter: Redesigned internals to match ergonomics (slimness of mechanical versions). Much smaller than previous versions. 24% reduction in lever throw. Levers offer shorter reach, smaller diameter

Front derailleur: lighter front shifting from pusher. Integrated tension adjust.

Dangler: features shadow technology. low-profile design increases shift smoothness/reliability and reduces crash vulnerability while providing a sleek integrated appearance. Derived from mtb. Direct mount ready. Long cage danger will work with a 34t cassette.

Cranks: optimized for disc bikes by pushing them out; q-factor remains the same

Brakes: flat mount only. Finned pads to prevent overheating. Three layer rotor construction gets ice tech freeza technology. 140/160mm rotor centerlock-only options.

R8050: $1650

Shifter: larger buttons, more positive, tactile button. Syncro shift added to simplify shifting between two buttons. E-tube project adds customization. buttons on top of hoods to control accessories like a garmin or lights. Increased reach adjustment. Rubber hoods are textured for better grip.

Front derailleur: lower profile pusher

Dangler: big difference comes in dangler; low-profile design increases shift smoothness/reliability. Shadow design derived from mountain bikes. Direct mount ready. Long cage dangler works with 34t cassette.

Cranks: optimized for disc bikes by pushing them out; q-factor remains the same

Brakes: now fit a 28mm tire with fenders, direct mount or standard

R8070: $1900

Shifter: larger buttons, more positive, tactile button. Syncro shift added to simplify shifting between two buttons. E-tube project adds customization. buttons on top of hoods to control accessories like a garmin or lights. Increased reach adjustment. Rubber hoods are textured for better grip. Hood shape almost exactly the same as rim brake di2 shifter. Incredible lower profile pusher

Dangler: low-profile design increases shift smoothness/reliability. Shadow design derived from mountain bikes. Direct mount ready. Long cage dangler works with 34t cassette. Smaller cranks optimized for disc bikes by pushing them out; q-factor remains the same

Brakes: flat mount only. Finned pads to prevent overheating. Three layer rotor construction gets ice tech freeza technology. 140/160mm rotor centerlock-only options.

Ultegra brings trickle down dura ace technology to the masses. Complete group weights.

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