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Old 01-05-18, 10:18 AM   #1
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Shimano Ultegra 6800, grey or black.

I'm a Campy guy and am pretty much ignorant about the newer Shimano. For some reason I acquired a new set of 6800 grey hubs. Quite lovely, actually. Just like the old grey Centaur hubs.


So, I decided to build a 6800 flat bar, 1x11 commuter bike with a 46t single crankset, 14-28 cassette, SL-RS700 flat bar shifter and all 6800 components. When the RD6800 arrived, it seemed more black than grey. I was hoping that it would match the hubs.


My question is: Was the 6800 group available in both black and grey? Was there a part number designation? Or were just the hubs grey?


Pardon my ignorance. I love my Shimano fishing reels but, outside of an old 600EX, SIS group that came on a Raleigh Super Course I know nothing.


Thanks, Steve. I chose this forum because, after all, this is a commuter bike.
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Old 01-05-18, 10:35 AM   #2
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Ultegra has not been available in black for many generations. It should be dark gray or silver.

105 is available in black.
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6800 was only one color, a dark gray, not black. 5800 is black or silver, FWIW. No idea why your parts don't match.
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Maybe it's my 70 year old eyes. The brake set should be here today. That should shed some light on the subject.


Thanks, guys. I'm looking forward to completing the build and sampling the Shimano shifting and braking. Who knows, I may go full 6800 STI and drop bars if this works out.
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Bik Commuting? get things for function, rather than color Eh?

or the bike sit in your cubicle for you to gaze upon admiringly?
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Bike Mechanics would be a better place to ask this.
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Form follows function. I look at a bicycle as an artistic achievement, in it's most elegant simplicity. I approach all of my project builds that way.


I just cannot warm up to 4 arm cranks and carbon fiber frames. I don't have a cubicle and will never be fast. Jeez, I'm 70 years old. At the very least, I can be proud of my creations.


One of these days I'll build a "beater" but they will probably want to steal that too.
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