KWalker wrote:So am I correct in that the Ultegra di2 rear mech won't be forward compatible with 11, but the front mech and shifters will be?
The derailleurs dictate the number of gears. Therefore, you are correct in assuming that the Ultegra Di2 RD will NOT be 11-speed compatible. However, your 6770 shifters and FD will be forward compatible, should you choose to mix & match.
As for 9000 series brakes, they have better modulation than 7900 (less of the binary on/off feeling) while having considerably more power. Modulation is vastly improved; however, people could misconceive them as being "grabby" because the required lever effort has been considerably reduced. Hence, if you grab a whole handful of brake, you may find the brakes "grabby." In reality, they're sublime.
Hubert wrote:The derailleurs dictate the number of gears.
Excusez le mot, but this is total BS.
In a mechanical system the rear derailleur does just what it is told to do by the cable; the shifter dictates. In an electronic system the rear derailleur just does what it is told to do by the firmware.
There are two reasons why a mechanical derailleur would not be able to cope with 11-speed:
1. when its total range of movement is not enough to cover the complete cassette or
2. when the manufacturer changes the geometry of the paralellogram so that the old derailleur is no longer compatible with the new shifter. (Shimano has not changed the geometry of their road derailleurs since about 1996)
The 11-speed cassette is only slightly wider than the 10 speed, so the first is unlikely. I haven't heard anything about the latter either.
For an electronic rear derailleur it is even simpler. If the derailleur can move far enough from limit to limit to cover the whole cassette it is possible to make it shift basically any number of cogs by changing the firmware.
For example there was the guy who modified the Sram Red shifter to add an 11th stop. Basically turning the current Sram Red to 11 speed mechanical.
I've now build 3 bikes with the new DI2 groupo's and It's just a whole new level. Somehow they managed to improve the performance over the original DI2 10 speeds groups. Front shifting is feels even more "secure" but that could be crank/chainring related as well. Rear shifting is vastly improved and faster, especially the down shifts (heavier gear) feel lighting fast and a real improvement over the old group.
E-tube wiring is a bliss versus the old DI2 wiring but we already knew that.
The new brake cables is wat caught my attention though. (sorry no pic, will post it on Friday) The cables use some kind of polymer coating instead of the brittle PTFE coating that other company's use. It gives the cable a very cool golden weave look and the feeling when braking is just amazing, feels almost compression-less.
I think the brakes are once again a clear improvement over the 7900 ones. The sheer stopping power is almost to much. I might add that I was using Roval red carbon brake pads on the new Roval 60 mm carbon wheels (Not really a fan of Roval wheels but these new ones feel great, good rim, DT 240 internals)
When I first installed the brakes they felt kinda mushy once they grabbed the rim and I thought it was related to the absence of the middle pivoting point. But when I started using them a little a more I realized this is just build in modulation and it works very well.
Sorry for the hasty cellphone pics
I wonder how much longer us bottom feeders have to wait before we can join in the bliss.
All I need are shifters, FD, RD and front juntion box.
I have heard that my EVO is on the ship coming to Aus so it won't be long now. Would love to see photo's of an EVO Di2 that someone has had delivered
Masi Speciale (city bike)
2013 Cannondale EVO Di2 on order
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