Shimano Ultegra compact chainset review

Dura-Ace for those on a tighter budget

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £229.99 RRP
Shimano Ultegra compact chainset

Our review

Very similar performance to top-of-the-line Dura-Ace, though pedal threads are on the loose side
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This is similar in style to the top-end Dura-Ace, and though there are performance and weight differences, it’s hardly detectable out on the road. Shifting isn’t quite as smooth or quick, but other than that there’s little between them – why pay the extra £200, you might ask. 


Well, the pedal threads on the cranks were slightly oversized – several pedals showed a slight wobble in the thread just before final tightening – and though this isn’t a huge problem short term, we’d question their long-term life if you swap pedals a lot. 

Considering the price and performance, though, it’s hard to find anything better.


This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications


Name Ultegra compact chainset
Brand Shimano

Description BB not included, Heel clearance: 6.7mm
Weight (g) 696
Crank Arm Lengths 165mm 170mm 172.5mm 175mm