Best Trickle-Down Tech
Shimano Ultegra 6800
The Dura-Ace 9000 mechanical groupset Shimano released in this past year is remarkably better than its predecessor. Front shifting is nearly instantaneous and stopping performance is excellent whether finely feathering braking force or stopping as rapidly as possible. True to its history, Shimano has built the most impactful functional features in its new Ultegra 6800 groupset, and the price is going to be dramatically lower than Dura-Ace as well. This new mid-grade component group will start showing up on many bikes in 2014 and, when spec’d as a complete component group, Ultegra 6800 has the potential to substantially upgrade the functionality of mid-priced bikes compared to models from 2013.