Shimano Ultegra 6500

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Squibnocket
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Shimano Ultegra 6500

Postby Squibnocket » 14 Oct 2020, 1:31pm

I'm currently restoring a recently purchased Rixon frame and would like to go with 10 speed. I prefer the look of the Ultegra 6500 parts which I think will look right on the bike my question is, is 6500 9 or 10 speed and will it work with 6700 front shifters?
Thanks in advance

ElCani
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Re: Shimano Ultegra 6500

Postby ElCani » 14 Oct 2020, 1:39pm

It’s “officially” nine speed, but it will work with 6700 shifters as long as you use a 10 speed cassette and chain.

Brucey
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Re: Shimano Ultegra 6500

Postby Brucey » 14 Oct 2020, 1:43pm

yep. FWIW I prefer the look of 6500 to most later Ultegra variants too; I have had 6500 on a nice road bike (which sees only summertime use) for the last 20 years. I have not found a good reason to 'upgrade' as yet!

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Squibnocket
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Re: Shimano Ultegra 6500

Postby Squibnocket » 14 Oct 2020, 2:32pm

Brucey wrote:yep. FWIW I prefer the look of 6500 to most later Ultegra variants too; I have had 6500 on a nice road bike (which sees only summertime use) for the last 20 years. I have not found a good reason to 'upgrade' as yet!

cheers


Thanks Brucey, it'll be a summer ride for me when it's completed.

Squibnocket
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Re: Shimano Ultegra 6500

Postby Squibnocket » 14 Oct 2020, 2:33pm

ElCani wrote:It’s “officially” nine speed, but it will work with 6700 shifters as long as you use a 10 speed cassette and chain.


Thank you Elcani, yes I was intending to use 10 speed cassette and chain.

peetee
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Re: Shimano Ultegra 6500

Postby peetee » 14 Oct 2020, 3:09pm

Good luck with your project.
I have a smashing Rixon frame kitted out with Dura-Ace 7800 and I’m very happy with it.
Winter had arrived in the land of Kernow. Along with it came wet roads and cool winds.
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Squibnocket
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Re: Shimano Ultegra 6500

Postby Squibnocket » 14 Oct 2020, 5:06pm

peetee wrote:Good luck with your project.
I have a smashing Rixon frame kitted out with Dura-Ace 7800 and I’m very happy with it.


Yes it's a lovely frame, only today I stripped the paint off to find the frame number which is quite low begins with RN.

Looking forward to seeing it completed

Jamesh
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Re: Shimano Ultegra 6500

Postby Jamesh » 14 Oct 2020, 10:47pm

Would a 6500 chainset work with a 5600 mech and 4600 shifters???

They do look nice and well priced but most have well worn rings...

Cheers James

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Re: Shimano Ultegra 6500

Postby drossall » 14 Oct 2020, 11:37pm

Brucey wrote:yep. FWIW I prefer the look of 6500 to most later Ultegra variants too; I have had 6500 on a nice road bike (which sees only summertime use) for the last 20 years. I have not found a good reason to 'upgrade' as yet!

+1. For me it's mainly hubs on my tourer. I've got the 6500 derailleurs and STIs on another bike, but couldn't track down hubs for that one and had to go 6600 :-(

Brucey
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Re: Shimano Ultegra 6500

Postby Brucey » 15 Oct 2020, 6:27am

6500 hubs are an interesting case in point; they are in the last generation of 'traditionally styled' hubs that shimano made, with slim barrels. Subsequent hub designs all had fat barrels, which is structurally better, but aesthetically poorer, to my eyes anyway.

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