Shimano Ultegra 6800 mechanical groupset - first look

An extra cog, better braking and fresh wheels for 2014

Shimano have announced details of their 2014 Ultegra 6800 11-speed mechanical groupset.

The next model year sees many refinements and technology that's trickled down from the higher Dura-Ace group, along with a slightly lighter grey colour. Ultegra 6800 also offers a total weight saving of 35g over the previous generation Ultegra 6700 group. Pricing stands at US$1,249.92 whilst UK figures are still to be announced. Distributors are expecting to receive stock as of September 2013.

FC-6800 chainset

The new Ultegra chainset gains the four-arm design that's proven itself with Dura-Ace applications – it's lighter but with the same stiffness as before. Options will be 53x39T, 52x36T, 50x34T or 46-36T, with a triple in the pipeline for later release. Both press-fit and Hollowtech II outboard bottom brackets will be available.

ST-6800 shifters

The new ST-6800 shifters feature refined ergonomics that are said to offer improved comfort and control, particularly on the hoods. In fact, the ST-6800 shifters now have the same shape and feel as current Dura-Ace shifters. 

ST-6800 also gains a carbon fibre lever and uses a new lower friction, polymer coated gear cable. A lighter, shorter and more positive shift action has been introduced, something that Dura-Ace users will also be familiar with.

Shimano ultegra st-6800 shifters: shimano ultegra st-6800 shifters
Shimano ultegra st-6800 shifters: shimano ultegra st-6800 shifters

RD-6800 rear derailleur

The 2014 Ultegra rear derailleur gets a full overhaul. It's more compact and lightweight, and gets a new spring mechanism that works to ensure shifts are equal across the cassette's range.

Improvements have also been made to maintain shifting precision over long term use. Both SS (short) and GS (long) options are available, with the latter now compatible with a 32T cassette.

Shimano rd-6800_gs:
Shimano rd-6800_gs:

FD-6800 front derailleur

The 6800 front derailleur gets a revised actuation ratio, meaning a shorter and easier action at the lever. New polymer coated cables add to the slickness, while stability has been improved with a new support bolt for brazed-on applications.

Shimano fd-6800 front derailleur: shimano fd-6800 front derailleur
Shimano fd-6800 front derailleur: shimano fd-6800 front derailleur

CS-6800 cassette

The Ultegra cassette has gone 11-speed and will now be sold in five options ranging from 11-23T all the way to 11-32T. (11-23T, 11-25T, 12-25T, 11-28T,11-32T)

Shimano cs-6800-a: shimano cs-6800-a
Shimano cs-6800-a: shimano cs-6800-a

CN-6800 chain

Shimano's 6800 chain gets a new Sil-Tec PTFE surface coating to improve long-term durability and corrosion protection. This technology has trickled down from last year's Dura-Ace 9000 chain. It's also a non-directional design.

Shimano cn-6800 chain:
Shimano cn-6800 chain:

BR-6800 brakes

Ultegra's brakes change to a new symmetrical dual pivot design for 2014, with Shimano claiming a 10 percent power increase over previous Ultegra stoppers. The BR-6800 also use Shimano's new BC-R680 polymer coated cables for less friction and improved modulation. 

Aerodynamic direct mount versions have also been developed both front and rear (BR-R6800).

Shimano br-6800 dual pivot caliper brake: shimano br-6800 dual pivot caliper brake
Shimano br-6800 dual pivot caliper brake: shimano br-6800 dual pivot caliper brake

WH-6800 tubeless wheelset

The Ultegra wheelset is a tubeless-ready design and uses a wide flange hub and offset rim to keep things stiff and efficient. The wheels use Shimano's usual cup and cone bearing system that now features tool-less adjustment – so no more messing with cone spanners. Weights are still to be confirmed on these wheels.

Shimano wh-6800-r:
Shimano wh-6800-r:

PD-6800 SPD-SL pedals

If it ain't broke, don't fix it… That's Shimano's take on the PD-6800 pedals. They've remained largely unchanged from the current PD-6700s, with only minor aesthetic tweaks to the body and logo, to match the new 6800 colour scheme.

Shimano pd-6800: shimano pd-6800
Shimano pd-6800: shimano pd-6800

Weight comparison: Ultegra 6700 vs Ultegra 6800

Ultegra 6700

Ultegra 6800



765g (-26g)

STI Levers


425g (-22g)

Rear Derailleur


195g (+6g)

Front Derailleur



Brake Calipers


335g (+18g)



253g (-14g)



212g (+3g)



2274g (-35g)

Price breakdown:

  • ST-6800 shifters - $399.99 / £299.99 (pair)
  • RD-6800 rear derailleur(SS) $99.99 / £74.99
  • FD-6800 front derailleur  $59.99 / £42.99
  • FC-6800 chainset $319.99 / £229.99
  • CS-6800 cassette (11-28) $109.99 / £69.99
  • CN-6800 chain (114L) $49.99 / £36.99
  • SM-BBR80 bottom bracket $34.99 / £39.99
  • BR-6800 caliper brakes (pair) $174.99 / £119.98

Total: US$1,249.92 / £914.91

  • WH-6800 Wheelset: $749.99 /
  • PD-6800 Pedals: $199.99 / £149.99

See for more information on Shimano products.

Oli Woodman

Section Editor, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
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