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Head to head: Shimano Ultegra v SRAM Force

Head to head: Shimano Ultegra v SRAM Force

Find out how these two popular groupsets compare If you’re choosing between Shimano Ultegra (mechanical rather than electronic) and SRAM Force 22, the aim of this article is to tell you everything you need to know to make the right decision.

Shimano Ultegra and SRAM Force 22 are the second level road groupsets from their respective manufacturers, sitting below Dura-Ace and Red, and both are 11-speed.

If you look around you can find complete bikes equipped with some Shimano Ultegra (mechanical) components for under £1,000. The shifters and rear derailleur of Giant’s £999 Defy 0, for example, are Ultegra. That bike is built around an aluminium frame, as is the £1,400 Trek Emonda ALR 6 which has a complete Ultegra groupset.

If you want a carbon framed bike fitted with Ultegra, you’ll usually need to budget a bit more. Giant’s TCR Advanced 1, for instance, has a carbon-fibre frame and a complete Shimano Ultegra groupset for £1,499 (we’re not saying than any of these bikes are the cheapest of their type).

At the other end of the spectrum, you’ll find Ultegra on bikes costing £3,000 and more. Specialized’s Tarmac Expert, for example, has a mostly Ultegra groupset, and it’s priced at £3,000.

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