Aug 20, 2017 | Updated: 07:21 PM EDT

New Shimano Ultegra R8000 Introduces Enhanced Electronic Shift Options

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(Photo : BikeRadar/YouTube Screenshot) The new Shimano Ultegra R8000 electronic shifters get greater programmability.

Shimano has now released official details of its soon to be launched Shimano Ultegra R8000 group set. The latest Ultegra range sees plenty of techs pinched from the recently released Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 mechanical group set. It was equipped with some electronic specific features which make their debut for the first time.

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According to Cycling Weekly, the new Shimano Ultegra R8000 electronic shifters get greater programmability. It allows users to decide the function of each button and customize how the derailleurs move through the available gears. This means both buttons on the left shifter can be set to move up through the gears and both right shifter buttons programmed to move down.

The new Shimano Ultegra R8000 Synchroshift function means that system automatically balances front and rear options to select the next available gear ratio. For the first time, the shifters can include the same secret button found on the current Dura-Ace Di2 shifter. These switches can be programmed to shift gear or to control additional devices such as compatible computers or lights.

Users can set up both system, which can be achieved using the E-Tube app for tablets, smartphones, and PCs. Shimano claims all the buttons now have a more definitive click, something that should please riders.

For the first time, Shimano Ultegra R8000 adds a provision for riders wanting to run hydraulic disc brakes. Previously, mechanical Shimano users had been forced to choose between shelling out for top end Dura-Ace levers and brakes. Now, Shimano has filled the gaps in their range with Ultegra options covering both electronic and mechanical systems.

According to Bike Radar, all the potential lever configurations have been redesigned. The hydraulic shifters also having been shrunk, improving both aesthetics and standardized sizing between mechanical and fluid filled options.

This newly introduces Shimano Ultegra R8000 disc calipers and rotors share their design with the company's already obtainable top tier models. The brakes themselves are available only in the flush fitting flat mount standard.

Shimano Ultegra R8000 mechanical rim brake components will start to be available in Europe from June. The Di2 and disc brake components will be available from August.


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