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Hands-on with the new Shimano Ultegra R8100 groupset – real weights and first impressions

Hands-on with the new Shimano Ultegra R8100 groupset – real weights and first impressions

We’ve finally got our hands on Shimano’s new Ultegra R8100 groupset . Announced back in August 2021 alongside the flagship Dura-Ace R9200 , the new…

Friday, Mar 18

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We’ve finally got our hands on Shimano’s new Ultegra R8100 groupset .

Announced back in August 2021 alongside the flagship Dura-Ace R9200 , the new Ultegra brings 12-speed, semi-wireless and electronic-only shifting to Shimano’s second-tier road groupset .

More than six months have passed since the two groupsets were announced in tandem but even BikeRadar isn’t immune from the component delays and shortages we’ve seen across the industry, as this is the first time we’ve received a complete groupset.

But now that we have it, we’re going to get every part on the scales and cast a forensic eye over the groupset, to bring you all of the key details.

You can also watch the video at the top to see more of the groupset – and hear more of our first impressions. Otherwise, let’s get stuck into the details. Shimano Ultegra R8100 highlights

First, a re-cap on the new Ultegra groupset.

Ultegra is Shimano’s second-tier groupset, sitting below Dura-Ace, which is the lightest, shiniest, money-no-object groupset, seen on the latest WorldTour bikes .For many riders, Ultegra is the logical choice as it has essentially identical functionality to the pro-level Dura-Ace at a lower price, with only a small weight penalty and a little less bling.On the subject of weight, Shimano claims that the R8100-series groupset weighs 2,716g, which is just 278g heavier than an equivalent Dura-Ace R9200 groupset. 12-speed The headline feature of Ultegra R8100 is that it offers 12-speed, electronic-only gearing, with semi-wireless shifting, which is claimed to be even faster and […]

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