If you love cycling, you probably heard about or got the chance to try the new Ultegra 6800 in the 2014 season. Everyone, especially us, was really excited about getting the extra benefits the 11 speed groupset offers, this is especially true for the climbers who just need a little extra on steep grades. What really makes the groupset great though is all that is borrows directly from the Dura Ace 9000 groupset.
Now to get into the real question of “What is really new about the 6800 groupset?”. Besides the obvious increase in the number of speeds, riders can expect notable upgrades in shifting, subtle but worthwhile changes to derailleurs, a friction reducing chain, and a stiffer, more customizable crankset.
Let’s start off by talking about the improved shifting with the Shimano Vivid Shifting system. This revolutionary system allows riders to have the same feel when shifting at the high and low end of the, avoiding the heavier resistance when shifting to the big cogs riders experienced in previous years. We have tried this out to see if you can really tell a difference while shifting and we have to say it is quite obvious. I wouldn’t say that it feels the exact same shifting in the highest and lowest gears, but it is definitely the closest we have ever seen. Another great benefit of the shifters is that the throw of the lever is reduced, allowing you to shift easier while in the drops. Finally, when you are shifting under a load, the shifting performance is outstanding. You can go as hard as you want while shifting and not get the issue you have experienced in previous years with other groupsets.
Moving onto the derailleurs, we see some subtle changes that will make your riding experience better. On the front derailleur, you will notice a reduction in shift effort, thanks to the better activation arms. The front derailleur is also stiffer thanks to a support bolt, like you would see in a Di2 unit. For the rear derailleur, not as much has changed, but you will notice that there is a more linear feel while shifting thanks to a small change in the spring.
For the chain, Shimano went with a symmetrical one this year, making it easier for the home user to install. The biggest innovation to the chain is the PTFE coating, which acts as a lubricant and armor coating, greatly reducing corrosion and improving chain life. If you have been riding a Ultegra 6700 chain, get ready to see smoother shifting, decreased resistance, and unbeatable chain life.
Finally, we will look at the crankset, which looks notable different than the 6700 model. For the 6800 model, Shimano chose to go with a four arm system, which reduces weight while giving extra strength in the regions that take the most stress during pedaling. Not only does this new design give great stiffness and weight savings, but it also offers the most chainring customization option for the crank ever.
At the end of the day, I think everyone who has tried the Shimano 6800 setup will agree it is incredible. While cycling companies are always touting innovations and upgrades, much like automobile manufacturers, the changes in the 6800 system actually make a difference to real riders. If you are looking to step up your riding, definitely check this system out.
Interested in a Tommaso bike featuring this amazing system? Check out the Tommaso Superleggera and the Tommaso Aggraziato. Both of these bikes have received great reviews you can read here: http://giantnerd.com/pages/2015-aggraziato-review & http://giantnerd.com/pages/tommaso-superleggera-dura-ace-9000-reviewView full article →
We have had a lot of requests for Tommaso logo cycling wear over the past year, so we got together with Pearl Izumi and made a kit for all the Tommaso riders out there. We chose Pearl Izumi Select material for the jersey to offer premium moisture wicking and form fitting comfort, as Select Transfer fabric is the benchmark for compression and moisture control.
When creating the design, we put out a survey to all our customers to see what would be everyone's favorite look for the new jerseys would be. There were a lot of design options out there and after two rounds of voting, we got it down to just a few designs. There was a great response to all the surveys and this was by far the most popular design, so we made it!
The shorts feature a comfortable and quick drying chamois padding, flatlock seams, and silicone leg grippers for exceptional performance and comfort. The jersey features an extremely comfortable semi-form fitting style, a half zip for extra venting, and three back pockets for easy storage.
If you want to start riding this great kit today (of course you do, who wouldn't want to look this good), we have a special offer for you. For the month of February, we are offering 35% off these stylish and performance driven jerseys and shorts. Just add any of these great items to your cart and use code "LOGO" at checkout.
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The 2015 Tommaso Aluminum Road Bike Line is almost in! We made a lot of changes and upgrades this year and we are extremely excited about the new line. Every one of these bikes is upgraded from previous years, making the 2015 series our best bikes ever. Check out the new bikes below.
We are beginning to take pre-sale holds on these bikes and if you are interested, please email us at Service@giantnerd.com or call our friendly service staff at 877-731-6051.View full article →
The review for the 2015 Aggraziato just came in today. Road Bike Action Magazine test ride the Aggraziato for a hwile and get a great feel of it. Click the link to ready the review: http://giantnerd.com/pages/2015-aggraziato-review
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Do you love riding Tommaso bikes? Of course you do, but sometimes it is hard to find other Tommaso riders. That is exactly why we started the Tommaso Strava Team, so you can meet, compete, and have fun riding your Tommaso with friends. Log your rides and compete with Tommaso riders all over the country. Do you have what it takes to get our top spot?
Click here to join the team for free today: http://www.strava.com/clubs/tommaso-cycling-117784. There will be special prizes and offers for riders, so sign up and start logging your miles.
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For those who brave the elements to train or commute all winter, there is one thing that truly makes all the difference, staying warm. On a bike you cannot, or don't want to, wear huge coats and gear that weighs you down. One of the best ways to keep yourself warm without being weighed down, is with thermal baselayers. This is why Pearl Izumi created their cycling specific thermal baselayers, allowing for maximum warmth, comfort, and mobility.
The Pearl Izumi Thermal Zip Neck Baselayer is specifically designed to meet the needs of cyclists in the most demanding conditions. The P.R.O. Transfer dry fabric offers some of the best moisture transfer and odor control on the market, while the 8" zipper lets you cool down quick, when you need it most.
Right now, all apparel is an 20% off until Christmas, just use code "PEARL" at checkout to save.
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Over the past year, some of the Giantnerd.com staff has been cataloging our favorite rides in the front range and surrounding areas of Colorado. If you are ever looking for a new ride, check out some of these great spots!
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As people are getting there bikes this holiday season, we wanted to take a second to make sure everyone knows how to properly install their pedals on their new bike. Our head tech Jon made a short installation video to show you the proper technique for installing pedals to make it easier than ever. Enjoy.View full article →
For those who need their music, Strava, and other cycling apps available on demand, Minoura has developed a must have cycling accessory. The Minoura IH-500-OS Smartphone Mount allows you to safely secure almost any smartphone to your handlebars with ease. Adjustable soft, padded wings can fit phones with or without cases, for maximum convenience.
Having you phone easily accessible opens up a whole world of options for riders. Whether you are competing against friends and posting times on Strava, looking up directions for a new route or detour, or just listening to your favorite tunes, this mount will put it right where you need it. This week only, we are offering a special 25% off rate, so you can try this amazing technology out for yourself. Just use code "MOUNT" at checkout, to get the Minoura IH-500-OS Smartphone Mount for only $29.99. Get one on your bike, and see the difference for yourself.
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Sometimes when riding through busy city streets, it would be great to have eyes in the back of your head. Sprintech created the next best thing with their Adjustable Rearview Mirror. This mirror fits easily into the endcap slot on your left handlebar, and requires no special tools to install. It has never been easier to increase your visibility and safety on the road.
Gone are the days of vertigo inducing helmet mirrors and odd mirrors that stick up off of your handlebars. The Sprintech Mirror is easy to adjust, features an unbreakable mirror surface, and ultra-lightweight at only 28 grams. This week only, we are offering a special 25% savings on this incredible mirror. That is right, use code "MIRROR" at checkout to get this lifesaver for only $22.49.
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