OSAKA, Japan – The 2014 Ultegra lineup will feature 11 speed and incorporate proven Dura-Ace technologies to improve comfort and control, shifting performance and more braking power. This was announced by the Japanese component manufacturer.
The cranks of the Ultegra 11-speed share the same 4 arm design as its Dura-Ace counterpart. - Photo Shimano
Shimano improved the shifting performance of the 2014 Ultegra by shortening the lever stroke to define click engagement. The hoods and bracket grip are more compact, and the carbon lever has been redesigned to improve ergonomics and control.
Derailleurs and brakes
The new Ultegra also includes redesigned derailleurs which are more compact and weight less. Breaking power has been increased by 10%, according to Shimano as a result of the new symmetrical dual pivot design and the new brake shoe compound. Besides increased braking power, modulation is improved by using new polymer-coated BC-R680 cables.
To meet a wider group's expectations the Ultegra cassette will be available from 11-23T all the way to 11-32T. The cranks share the same 4 arm design as its Dura-Ace counterpart. The crank is available in 53x39T, 52x36T, 50x34T and 46x36T.
The Ultegra WH-6800 wheel has a wide flange hub and an offset rim for high rigidity and power transmission. It is compatible in tubular, tube and tubeless. The WH-6800 is 100% in-house produced and hand-assembled.