Shimano Ultegra WH-6800 Road Wheelset

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Shimano Ultegra WH-6800 Road Wheelset
Race-ready and ready to rock any road in sight, the Shimano Ultegra WH-6800 Road Wheelset is a precision marvel light enough for competition yet durable enough for the rigors of everyday riding. First and foremost among the trickle-down features from rock star big brother Dura-Ace is an 11-speed compatible freehub plus an overall lighter hub design. Its freehub is 10 grams lighter than the previous version and its digital click bearing adjustment system diffuses quick-release tension, reduces bearing load, provides smoother spinning and increases durability. Bladed spokes, just 16 front and 20 rear, plus help you slice through the air while the shallow 23mm rim height ensure utterly predictable, reliable handling no matter how stiff a crosswind you may encounter. There's plenty of versatility regarding tire choice as these wheels are compatible with both tubeless as well as standard clincher tires. And all the home mechanics out there who love to eek every last iota of performance out of their bikes will be pleased to see that the bearings remain the traditional cup and cone variety for easy maintenance and adjustment.
  • 6061 aluminum alloy rims deliver a super-lightweight and aerodynamic ride without compromising strength and stiffness
  • Wide flange hub and offset 23mm front rim for high rigidity and power transfer
  • Cup and cone bearings ensure low maintenance and best performance
  • Digital adjustment system provides a tool-free means to eliminate bearing play
  • 16/20 stainless steel, bladed spokes for strength and speed
  • Wear indicators on brake surface
  • Includes spacer for 10-speed systems
  • Compatible with tubeless tires and standard clincher tires/tubes
  • Hand-built quality
Shimano Ultegra WH-6800 Road Wheelset
  • WEIGHT 1640g pair
  • TIRE SIZE 700c
  • TIRE TYPE Clincher
  • HUB Shimano Aluminum
  • SPACING 130mm rear/100mm front
  • SPOKES Steel
  • SPOKE COUNT Front: 16; Rear: 20
  • LACING PATTERN Front: Radial; Rear: Radial/2-Cross
  • SKEWERS INCLUDED Yes
  • RIM HEIGHT 23mm
  • RIM WIDTH 20.8mm
  • COMPATIBILITY Shimano 9/10/11 speed
  • ACCESSORIES INCLUDED 2 nipple adjusters, 10-speed freehub spacer, 2 tubeless valves
  • Rating 4.5

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Shimano Ultegra WH-6800 Road Wheelset
 
4.7

(based on 10 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (8)
  • Lightweight (8)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Road biking (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (9)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

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4.0

great wheels

By qwksti

from SO CAL

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Road Biking

Comments about Shimano Ultegra WH-6800 Road Wheelset:

Great set of wheels, and for the price I got them from Nashbar, wow cant go wrong. These wheels are buil very well, rolled tru right out of the box. Great hubs, good looking, and tubeless ready. Im running reg tubes and tires on them, and I have to say, that would be a con for me, they were really hard to mount tires onto. These wheels seem to be a little wider than my other set. So my tires were VERY hard to get on to these wheels. But other than that, no complaints. I would buy these again.

  • Cycling Style:
  • Speed Oriented
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Great Upgrade

By Grinder

from Greensboro, NC.

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good For Climbing
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road Biking
    • Rolling Hill Training

    Comments about Shimano Ultegra WH-6800 Road Wheelset:

    I would recommend these to anyone looking to upgrade a set of OEM wheels or for anyone who is looking to drop some weight on their "rotating mass" for better climbing and acceleration. Good designs and easy conversion (I am using them for a 10 Speed Cannonade CAAD 8 right now.)

    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    these wheels rock at any price!

    By bikes-n-beer

    from Cleveland, Ohio

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments about Shimano Ultegra WH-6800 Road Wheelset:

      I have been tubeless for a few years now on my MTB and finally converted on the road. I'll never look back! currently using Hutchinson atom tubeless tires.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Speed Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great Wheelset!

      By DC

      from Tacoma, WA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking

        Comments about Shimano Ultegra WH-6800 Road Wheelset:

        Great wheelset, smooth rolling, well built, takes the edge off the chipseal roads.

        Tubeless compatible, but I'm using tubes with them with no problems. I like the looks, too.

        Just wish I'd waited a little longer to take advantage of the price drop (price went down almost $100.00).

        • Cycling Style:
        • Speed Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        superb

        By tonya

        from nyc

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking

          Comments about Shimano Ultegra WH-6800 Road Wheelset:

          excellent road wheelset, both training and race ready. light, stiff, smooth hubs, look great, roll great. first rate, shimano quality gear, what you expect from ultegra level equipment and with the right tires even more. not the lightest, but tough and quick. pound for pound difficult to beat. at nashbar price, quite possibly

          best wheels money can buy.

          • Cycling Style:
          • Speed Oriented
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Nice and Stable

          By Plucker

          from Juneau, AK

          About Me Commuter

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting/City
            • Road Biking

            Comments about Shimano Ultegra WH-6800 Road Wheelset:

            The front rim was true and spins great, the rear rim was a little out in one spot. Very minor. I was worried because the rear did not spin very long at first but I was hoping it would losen up after a few trip which it did. I am 225lbs and after 300 miles i find the ride to be really nice and stable and the the rims have stayed true, for my size and road conditions here in Juneau that is saying something. The price was great and for our roads and I think they well work just fine.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Speed Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            GREAT Wheels

            By John

            from Chicago

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Road Biking

              Comments about Shimano Ultegra WH-6800 Road Wheelset:

              These are really good wheels. I bought them for use on the roads in Chicago in early spring where holes are always a risk. I bought them as an "insurance policy" for my Mavic rims.

              I have a few hundred miles on them and am very pleased with them.

              • Cycling Style:
              • Speed Oriented
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              The True Story

              By Gregg

              from Berkeley, CA

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Nipple Wrenches Included
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Needs Loctite On Threads

              Best Uses

              • Road Biking

              Comments about Shimano Ultegra WH-6800 Road Wheelset:

              I bought these to as part of a build up of a NOS Bianchi 928 frame. I also weigh about 205 lbs. I wanted a wheelset that was fairly light but stiff and durable. 3 for 3! Beware, though. The nipples screw into the rim from the hub side and are prone to loosen up on the rear wheel. I carried the nipple wrenches with me until I heard about the green formula Loctite that can be applied to threads after assembly. I disassembled the wheel and cleaned the threads with solvent inside and out. Then I rebuilt the wheel on my homemade truing stand. Applied a tiny bit of Loctite to each nipple and the wheel stayed true for three years! Just recently I gave each spoke a 1/8th turn, trued it up, and applied more Loctite. You could probably avoid the rebuild if you apply the Loctite before riding on the wheel. Sounds like a big hassle? Not so much. Green Loctite is available at hardware and automotive stores. There are instructions for wheel building on the web. It's easier than you might think. I learned some new skills and had some fun doing it, too.

              Because of the nipple problem I'm giving these wheels only 4 stars. If the thread problem has been fixed by Shimano, then they're a 5 star for the avid cyclist.

              • Cycling Style:
              • Speed Oriented
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Nice Wheels

              By Yukongold

              from Denver, CO

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clean look
              • Good value
              • Solid Road Feel
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • None at this time

              Best Uses

              • Road Biking

              Comments about Shimano Ultegra WH-6800 Road Wheelset:

              I've only had these wheels for about 500 miles of road riding but have been very impressed so far. I thought they were a nice balance between price, weight and quality. They replaced some old Fulcrums I had and I could tell the difference immediately. The components on my bike are Ultegra so I decided to go with their wheels and am pleased with my decision.

              • Cycling Style:
              • Speed Oriented
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              You need these wheels!!

              By fs2448

              from Westchester, NY

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Not The Most Flashy

              Best Uses

              • Commuting/City
              • Road Biking

              Comments about Shimano Ultegra WH-6800 Road Wheelset:

              In the last year I went through two sets of wheels, particularly rear wheels going out of true. I finally sprung for the Ultegra WH6800 and after a few hundred miles I can tell I'm all set for wheels for a while. These wheels are solid right out the box, run smooth, look good (not the prettiest wheels) and feel sturdy. I am 6'3 195 lbs riding a 60 cm Aluminium frame with all Ultegra groupset. You won't regret this, this is no weight limit.

              • Cycling Style:
              • Speed Oriented
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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