Shimano Ultegra compact chainset review

Dura-Ace for those on a tighter budget

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£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. 

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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.

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

Product Specifications

Product

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