Hands on with Ultegra R8000: exclusive first look video

New groupset unboxed and fondled

We fondle the new Ultegra R8000 groupset

Shimano's new Ultegra R8000 groupset offers many of the same features and updates as its shiny big brother, Dura-Ace R9100. Thanks to UK distributor Madison, we've got our hands on a complete groupset for an exclusive first look. 

For full details of Ultegra R8000's specs and features including Di2 and hydraulic disc variants, read our comprehensive run-down.

Ultegra is Shimano's second-tier groupset, and it's the one that many of us buy. We'd all love to have Dura-Ace because of course, it's the best, but in the real world where butlers need paying and pools need cleaning, Ultegra offers 95% of the functionality for significantly less cash. 

R8000 is the mechanical shifting, rim brake version, and it's the one that will be available to the public first. The R8020, R8050 and R8070 variants with discs and/or Di2 will follow in the coming months. 

 We'll be bringing you a full Ultegra R8000 review as soon as we can arm-twist someone into lending us a groupset for long enough to bolt it to a bike. 

Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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