Shimano Ultegra 6800 Crankset $319.95
Modeled after Dura-Ace.
With the introduction of Shimano's new Ultegra 6800 groupset, most people's focus was naturally drawn toward the additional gearing options provided by the 11th cog. But the new group is something more than just added gearing; it represents an entirely revamped drivetrain system that now integrates its top-end Dura-Ace 9000 engineering into every one of its components. The new four-arm crankset displays this most clearly, as it pulls the same striking visuals and functionality that have made 9000's cranks so popular in the pro-tour ranks.
It's quite possible that Ultegra 6800's most stunning and recognizable feature is indeed the FC-6800 crankset, as it borrows the best technology from its Dura-Ace brother. On the surface, the FC-6800 is a complete departure from the traditional aesthetics of prior Ultegra. Gone are the days of the five-arm spider, and the necessity for a separate compact crankset has also fallen by the wayside. Instead, 6800 features a shift to a new four-arm spider design. This occured for several reasons, but most notably it's because the four-arm spider matches rigidity of Dura-Ace cranks while shedding close to 26g of weight over 6700. Also similar to Dura-Ace 9000, the 6800 cranks were built with Shimano's Hollowtech II construction. Over the past few iterations of Dura-Ace, this manufacturing methodology has played an integral role in attaining weight reduction without sacrificing Dura-Ace's superior stiffness. This, again, is a welcome improvement over the previous version of Ultegra.
Shimano has learned what works, and over the years has continually added to, and improved, the ideology of Dura-Ace, which now carries over extensively to Ultegra 6800. Hollowtech II and Hollowglide are prime examples of this. Strategic placement of hollow aluminum throughout the crankset and chainrings allows more structural material to be used, and when coupled with Shimano's integrated bottom bracket, creates an unrivaled weight-to-stiffness ratio.
The four-arm spider amplifies this characteristic, but more important to Shimano, it embodies its 'rider-tuned' philosophy. In this, Shimano created 6800 to work for you, the rider. Case in point, the four-arm design and the 'top-secret' BCD allows for front chainring combinations from 46-36T to 55-42T on the same spider.
The Shimano Ultegra FC-6800 11-Speed Crankset is available in sizes 170, 172.5, and 175mm and in 50-34, 52-36, and 53-39 chainring options. Shimano has also added a cyclocross-specific 46-36 combination in all three crank arm lengths.
What community has to say
Will this crank work with a Di2 6700 group?...
Will this crank work with a Di2 6700 group? I am concerned that since the 11 speed chain is narrower, the rings will have issues with a 10 speed chain. Thank you for your answer.
Hey! This crank will work great with the 6700 group. Its chainrings are stiff enough to stand up to Di2 shifting but the 11 speed rings will need an 11 speed chain. The 11 speed chain will work well with the rest of your 10 speed drivetrain.
HI i would like to know if this crank work...
HI i would like to know if this crank work for my pinarello dogma 2 2012?
It should work great for the Dogma. If you are using a 10 speed groupo you will need to use an 11 speed chain with the 6800 crank. Also an Italian bottom bracket.
How would/can I put this on my bb30 super...
How would/can I put this on my bb30 super X?
Wheels Mfg. makes a good adapter for putting Simano Cranksets in BB30 bottom brackets:
Does the BCD of the 172.5 crank arm for...
Does the BCD of the 172.5 crank arm for 52/36 fit the BCD Of the 170 crank arm for 46/36?
All of these cranks are going to have the same BCD. The spider design does not change between crank arm lengths.
A great Performer
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
When price point matters this crank will not disappoint. This crank has very good power transfer to the drive train and shifts between chain rings very efficiently. It will add a few grams to your bike weight, but it will also leave some $$$ in you bank account.
What he said. More specifically, will the...
What he said. More specifically, will the 6800 work with the 10 speed Di2 Ultegra as good as the 6700 will?
I have a stages 105 power meter crank,...
I have a stages 105 power meter crank, does the current 105 arm fit an ultegra crankset?
Can i use the 6800 crank with my 6700 group...
Can i use the 6800 crank with my 6700 group set? If so, are there any other changes i have to make?
I just put the Ultegra 6800 46/36 crank on my cyclocross bike that has a Shimano 105-5700 front & rear derailleur. Shifts flawlessly. If it works w/the 5700 components, I don't see a reason it shouldn't work with the 6700 components.