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by James Huang
June 8, 2017
Shimano today announced the much-anticipated redesign of its workhorse Ultegra groupset. In typical Shimano fashion, the new Ultegra R8000 groupset is a close cousin to its Dura-Ace R9100 big brother in terms of both design and functionality, including the same updated four-arm crankset design, enhanced Di2 electronic shifting capabilities, and — finally — true Ultegra-branded hydraulic disc brake controls and calipers in both mechanical and electronic variants.
Data-minded cyclists will be disappointed to hear that there is no Ultegra crankarm-based power meter option confirmed as of yet, but R8000’s heavier weight and less elaborate finish relative to Dura-Ace R9100 will nevertheless make it vastly less expensive — and, undoubtedly, will keep it as popular an option as ever for performance-minded riders on more reasonable budgets.
Update (09/2018): Read our in-depth review of Shimano Ultegra R8000.
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Claimed weight for a complete Ultegra Di2 R8000 groupset (with rim brakes and pedals) is 4,071g — 85g lighter than the equivalent Ultegra 6870 Di2 groupset, and 505g heavier than Dura-Ace R9170. Shimano estimates that Ultegra R8000 components and wheels should begin arriving in stores this month, with complete delivery by August.
Individual component weights and US retail prices are as follows (pricing for other regions is TBC):