TRICKLE- DOWN TRIUMPH
With the price of top- end bikes and parts skyrocketing, the trickledown effect – by which technology is passed down over time from toptier to lower-tiered products in a company’s range – is being hugely appreciated, in terms of both performance gains and improved value.
A perfect example is how we all drooled at our first sight of the new Dura Ace R9100 when Shimano launched it last year. Then we all baulked at the price tag. The new tech was simply out of reach for most of us.
Luckily, the technological trickle- down has begun: Shimano recently unveiled the new Ultegra R8000, which borrows many of the engineering aces hidden up the sleeve of its more expensive Dura Ace sibling. More ergonomic levers (especially when it comes to Di2 versions), a more intuitive Di2 brain, redesigned derailleurs and refined brake callipers make the Ultegra R8000 a superb package – and arguably, Dura Ace’s greatest competitor!