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Shimano Ultegra WH-6800 Road Wheelset - Clincher

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Description

While it's nearly impossible to pin down just one thing that we love about Shimano, its trickle-down Dura-Ace technology is certainly near the top of our list. With every new iteration, the line between Ultegra and Dura-Ace becomes more and more blurred, which is perfectly displayed here with the new Ultegra WH-6800 Clincher Wheelset.

New to this Ultegra generation, the WH-6800 features Shimano's Digital Adjustment System. Previously only available to Dura-Ace, this system essentially reduces axial force on the bearings, while also increasing the range of adjustment. How does it work? Well, as a result of the standard double-lock system, the quick-release axle naturally imposes a compression force on the axle bearings. So, Shimano abandoned this system in favor placing an internal ratcheting ring under an end cap. Accordingly, this axle compression is dispersed, leaving you with a nearly unaffected bearing-load. This means that the bearings will spin more smoothly and have an increase in durability. Additionally, Shimano has made this system simple to adjust. All that's needed is a 5mm Allen wrench to remove the end cap, and then you gain access to spin the ratcheting ring until any bearing play disappears.

Also new for this year, the hubs have been widened, and the rims feature an offset design. This reduces the severity of the spoke angle on the drive-side, and accordingly, it increases the lateral rigidity while also creating a greater uniformity of tension at every point of the spoke. For even further efficiency, the 6800 wheelset uses ultra-stiff, oversized A7075 alloy axles, and a quick-engaging freehub body.

Every wheel is 100% hand-built and features Shimano's own high-grade aluminum alloy rims. The front wheel has been built with 16 straight-pull, radial laced spokes, while the rear features 20 straight-pull, two-cross spokes. Additionally, the new freehub body is 10-/11-speed compatible, and the wheels are also tubeless compatible.

The Shimano Ultegra WH-6800 Clincher Wheelset is available in the color Black and is compatible with both clincher and tubeless tires. Please note that the quick-release skewers are included with the wheels, and that this wheelset tips the scales around 1640 grams -- a 12 gram reduction from WH-6700.

Tech Specs

Rim Material:
aluminum
Wheel Size:
700 c
Tire Type:
clincher
Rim Depth:
23 mm
Rim Width:
[external] 20.8 mm
Brake Compatibility:
caliper
Hubs:
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Skewers:
included
Spokes:
straight pull
Spoke Count:
16 / 20
Wheel Bag Included:
no
Claimed Weight:
1,640 g
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Avg. ride time: 9h 52m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

My go to training wheelset!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this wheelset with Schwalbe Pro 1 and Schwalbe One tubeless tires. It's a perfect combination for training. The bearings on this are some of the smoothest I have every run across and the wheelset is bulletproof. I have three sets and logged about 15,000 miles on them. Only have required very minor truing. At less than $300, these wheels are a steal! They are laterally stiff and react very well under sprint conditions (1,000+ watts) with no discernible break rub. In combo with the tubeless tires, they have very comfortable ride with confidence inspiring cornering. At less than $300, how can you go wrong?

Thanks for the review, West! I'm glad to hear you're liking the wheelset!

-Kody

Unanswered Question

So I've primarily been riding road/track/mtn. And finally making the dive into cross. I know this is a bit of a neophyte question, but is a wheel like this suited for large tires? 30-40cc. Thanks!

Why is the spec list showing 1750 grams
But the description is showing 1640 grams
I know most sites claim 1640 can anyone say for certain?
Thanks

I have weighed my set, and they measure a little less than 1700g (with out the skewers)

Unanswered Question

Can these wheels be used on disk brake set up? If not, what wheels would be comparable to these for a disk bike?

Way better than my stock MAVIC Aksium

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

When you turn bearings by hand you can tell how smooth and precise they are. The aero is good. Rear hub engagement clicker has a very low resistance and thus is quiet. Came very true out of the box. Didn't have time to swap the wheelset when got invited to a long gravel coblestone ride, to my surprise they survived and did not came out of the alignment. And I am a 240lb guy.

Bombproof

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had this wheel set for 3 years now. I ride a lot and these have seen a ton of miles. From bombing down dirt roads to flying up climbs, I highly recommend this wheel set. I honestly have trued the front wheel once in 3 years and haven't even touched the rear. I love this wheel set. If you are looking for a light and durable wheel set, then look no further.

do you use tubeless or clincher tires on the wheels? if the later what brand of tires do you use?

Hey,
I typically run tubes, but have setup it with both using Schwalbe Tubeless Pro One tires.

does the rear wheel tick when rotating?

It does tick when coasting. I have them now and like them quite a bit.

Unanswered Question

Can these run, to fine-tune (combine) questions below, 33 cm tubeless tires for a CX bike?

Great wheels great Price!

    Can't beat the quality for the price. They were true out of the box and have stayed true so far. Great replacement wheels for my wife's cruising bike and for me on the trainer. I bought more expensive aluminum wheels (Williams Wheels; $500.) but they didn't last a season! These are solid well built wheels for every day riding. GREAT PRICE TOO!

    How wide a tire can these wheels accept?

    Hey Robert, personally, I wouldn't recommend anything above a 28mm tire on these wheels.



    Let me know if you have any other questions at 801.204.4556 or araines@backcountry.com.

    Hi Robert - my local bike shop put 40mm tires on them without blinking, for what it is worth.

    I put 25mm on these wheels and they fit nicely.

    You could comfortably fit something 25mm-maybe 44mm. Consider also the width of your frames seat and chainstays. The wider tires will balloon more and be more susceptible to rolling, the more narrow tires may not square off properly and cause a different set of issues. For most road bikes however, a 25-35mm tire should feel great.

    In denial.

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    These are my partner's training wheels. She switches to 60mm carbon hoops for races, but the Ultegras are more than capable on base mile rides and during early spring canyon climbs. I'm actually a little jealous of their low weight, smooth hubs, and reasonable price, but I'll never admit it to her b/c I'm a Campy guy.

    Avg. ride time: 3h 13m per week
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    durable, reasonably light

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great set of training wheels. Light enough to race on, durable enough to train on. I also have a deep love for shimano hubs.

    Unanswered Question

    Will this wheelset work with an older (circa 2003) 9-speed Ultegra drivetrain? I need to replace a bent rear wheel. Thanks!

    Hi,kind of a simple question. These wheels are shown in black hubs/rims. Will I receive black rims/hubs if ordered?
    Thanks Much!

    Mine came as a dark anthracite color, not black, like all the Ultegra 6800 components. I think this may be an old photo.

    Avg. ride time: 5h 46m per week
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    Very impressive wheelset!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Love these wheels. Excellent value. Bearings are butter! They would make a most excellent upgrade from a stock wheelset (or Mavic Ksyrium replacement!)

    Great value for a great set of wheels

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I am a big guy (185 lbs) and was a bit leery about the low spoke count and lighter weight of these wheels. After spending a ton of time on them on crappy Colorado roads, these wheels were a steal for how great they perform. Miles and miles of hard riding on them have not resulted in any out of trueness. Not sure what is unique about the braking surface but whatever Shimano did allows for FAST stopping.

    Avg. ride time: 12h 45m per week
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    Bang For The Buck

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This was my first season on a road bike, and I wasn't very happy with my stocker Oval wheels that came on my bike. I was not ready to jump to carbon wheels, so I purchased these Shimano Ultegra wheels.



    The Shimano Ultegra's were a great upgrade for me, as they are very reasonably priced, rigid out of the saddle, and perform very well overall.



    I put about 2,000 miles on my Ovals, and 900 on these Ultegra's. I would definitely recommend them as a training wheel, or for someone like me that wants to upgrade their junk stockers.

    Bang For The Buck

    Lightweight / Rock Solid / Nothing Close

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I was told to try these by a bike shop mechanic who swore by them. I bought them for $450 as demos. That was almost five years ago. I have never looked back. Their weight is comparable to carbon clinchers which cost over four times as much. There is nothing close to these for the money and durability. I ride these on rough roads all the time.

    Several spokes did blow on me soon after I purchased them, but Shimano promptly replaced the wheels entirely because they determined there was an issue and I have never had a problem with the new set. I have only had the back wheel trued just recently. I weigh from 190-210.

    I run them tubeless which costs more because the tires don't last as long as my previous Gatorskins, but the ride is so much better. I run Hutchinson Fusion 3 in the 23mm width which is as comfortable as a 25mm with tubes. (25mm Hutchinson tubeless fail consistently for me).

    I have the LBS replace tires every six months because it is easier to mount with a compressor and replace the latex. I never get flats unless I slice a tire and then it is easy to throw in a tube. I'm going to try the Specialized Tubeless tires next because of the great reviews they got in Velo.

    What do you mean when you say that the fusion 25mm fail??
    I'm looking into the fusion 25 for use with this wheelset so I'm curious

    Avg. ride time: 4h 46m per week
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    What can I expect with these in comparison to mavics 2012 equipe?
    I'm wondering if I should get these ultegras or just get the dura ace for a little more?

    Best Answer

    I have demoed the Dura Ace C24 and own the Ultegras. The Ultegras are actually a hair lighter in the rear wheel which surprised me when I weighed them at the LBS. That said, the Dura Ace feel a bit stiffer and I noticed on certain stretches that they rolled slightly better perhaps because of bearings? One other plus is that they are slightly wider at 24 compared to the Ultegra at 23.



    It wasn't so much that I felt the urge to upgrade. If you are racing or just have the cash, the extra bit of roll and width might be worth it. Hope that helps.

    I'm looking to upgrade from Oval 327 alloy clinchers (came with my bike when I purchased it). Since I'm new to cycling, would these be a good upgrade? I'm looking to go from 23mm to 25mm.

    I'm not familiar with your wheel. These are a good value for the money, especially when discounted. OEM wheels tend to be mediocre on most bikes until you get into the $3-$5K range. I had one pair and picked up a second pair a year later. They are relatively light and durability is adequate for daily training rides even on poor surfaces.



    It seems to cost $2/g to hit lower weights than these by going with pricey carbon fibre.

    The Oval 327's are standard entry level wheels. They aren't designed to be light and roll exceptionally well, they're made to be affordable and keep the overall cost of the bike down. The Ultegra set will show you an immediate difference. Faster and smoother rolling, much lighter weight (read: accelerate faster, climb more easily), and stiffer (more power from your pedaling transferring into moving you and the bike forward).



    I assert you'd see a significant boost to your average speed with these added on. These would be a great choice to replace your stock wheels. Hang onto your stock wheels though, it's always good to have a temporary spare set for replacement should you crash or otherwise destroy a wheel.