Shimano's Ultegra wheels continue to deliver a blend of performance and affordability that other manufacturers just can't touch. In this 6800 incarnation, they've added not only 11-speed compatibility, but upgraded to a lighter overall hub design.
The tubeless compatible alloy rims feature slightly different profiles, measuring 24mm up front and 23mm in the back. The slight variation in depth allows the WH-6800 to perfectly balance weight savings with an aerodynamic advantage. Shimano's specially shaped rim bed provides hassle-free performance with tubeless tires yet remains compatible with standard inner-tube-type clinchers as well.
For the hubs, the WH-6800 still uses smooth rolling angular contact ball bearings, and they've been made even easier to adjust thanks to the tool-free "digital click" system, so you can put the cone wrenches back in the tool box. Over-sized A7075 Alloy axles are incredibly rigid yet lightweight, and a wider rear flange spacing furthers stiffness even more. The addition of an 11-speed compatible freehub body ensures compatibility with Shimano's newest groupsets, while remaining back compatible with earlier design.
The WH-6800 features stainless double butted and bladed spokes. 16 spokes laced radially front with 20 spokes laced 2 cross in the rear. Off-set rear rim decreases "dish" for higher non-drive side spoke tension and increased durability. Black Rim/Spokes with alloy spoke nipples.
The Ultegra WH-6800 Wheelset is compatible with tubeless and traditional inner-tube-type clincher tires. Ultegra quick release skewers are included. For use with Shimano/SRAM 8/9/10/11-speed cassettes. Claimed weight: 1640 grams per wheelset.
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6 of 6 customers found this review helpful.
Nice solid option for those guys who don't want to run carbon wheels. While the race enthusiast might consider these training wheels, rec riders like myself will be very happy with these wheels as our daily riders. They are fairly light and a noticeable difference climbing hills. I went from a 1800gm wheel to these and these seem to spin up quicker and feel lighter. I'm currently running tubes but like the option of heading tubeless when I decide. I just wish Conti made some tubeless tires.
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