6 Things I Like about Shimano’s New Dura-Ace and Ultegra Groups, and 4 Things I Don’t
I like These
Ultegra Power Meter
Far Fewer Wires
One Derailleur Cage
The new 12-speed cassette is backwardly compatible with the existing 11-Speed Shimano hub on your wheel. So you can probably upgrade your old rear wheels to 12-Speed.
DID YOU KNOW?: Di2 stands for DIGITAL INTEGRATED INTELLIGENCE (Dii or D and 2 i’s)
I Dislike These
Power Meter Magnets
Yes, you still have to stick a magnet onto the frame for the power meters to work. I really thought cadence would be taken care of by accelerometers but, hey ho, here we are. Possibly a magnet is a more reliable measure of cadence and hence a more accurate input to the power calculation? Hmmm…
A New Battery
You previously had to fork out £$£$£$ on an expensive new Di2 battery to support the R9100‘s expensive BlueTooth module (EW-WU111). Well, this time around you’ll need a different and expensive battery to make your R9200 setup work!
I was hoping that the new R9200 would be fully wireless with a battery on each derailleur and easily swappable. Oh well.
No Mechanical Option
I prefer Di2 to mechanical, however, I would have liked that other riders had a choice.
Bye Bye Rim Brakes
OK, PROs can still technically get the Dura-Ace R9200 to support rim brakes. I’m going to try and get some, let’s see. Failing that there ARE new Ultegra BR-R8100 caliper brakes…
Either way, the lack of a RIM braked Ultegra wheelset further signals the demise of my favourite braking method.
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