Shimano’s Ultegra 6800 wheels are excellent upgrade wheels, offering plenty of stiffness, relatively low weight and a tubeless-ready rim, in a strong, durable and value-for-money sets of hoops.
A lot of cyclists immediately look to the wheels when it comes to a first upgrade. It’s for good reason, with those wheels specced on most entry-level and mid-range bikes doing little to set the world alight, and there’s often weight to be lost, stiffness to be gained, or both.
Shimano, despite being arguably the biggest brand name is cycling, aren’t renowned for their wheels; it’s the world domineering groupsets that are most celebrated. The Japanese firm’s wheels shouldn’t be over-looked, however. They’ve kept Team Sky rolling through a few Tour de France wins. In fact, in a bid to shine more light on the wheels, Shimano now try and tie all teams they provide with groupset components into a deal with also includes wheels, as well as finishing kit from the Pro subsidiary.