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Shimano Ultegra 6700 Brake Caliper

HaughjdHaughjd Posts: 93
edited June 2013 in Road buying advice
Recently got a defy 0, which I'm very happy with. Save for the breaks. Which are Br-561.

Has anyone got the ultegra breaks. What do you think. Any comment is it worth the upgrade.

If so how would you sum up the difference.



  • TommyEssTommyEss Posts: 1,855
    Doesn't the Defy have long drop calipers? If so, make sure you get the right size if you do go down the replacement route. The Shimano long drop brakes tend to be numbered rather than in "named" ranges, if that makes sense. I think the BR-561 is equivalent level to 105.

    FWIW, in your shoes, I'd probably try different pads first before changing out the whole brakes. I like KoolStops - black is the go-to compound and very grippy for majority of riding. Will probably wear a little quick than the stock Shimano blocks in there, but gives good feel at the lever. If you're going to be doing a lot of wet weather riding, then try the salmon coloured compound.
    Cannondale Synapse 105, Giant Defy 3, Giant Omnium, Giant Trance X2, EMC R1.0, Ridgeback Platinum, On One Il Pompino...
  • islandmanislandman Posts: 73
    I use br650's , they are long drop sometimes called the Ultegra equivalent, with KoolStop Salmons and am happy with them, plenty of power very controllable, that is until it rains then straight back to the dark ages.
  • They are an excellent choice of brake callipers
    I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles
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