The launch of Shimano’s next-generation Dura-Ace road bike groupset has been rumoured for quite a while, with BikeRadar first predicting the move to 12-speed early last year and the new groupset breaking cover at Baloise Belgium Tour in June.
The release of Shimano Ultegra R8100 at the same time as Dura-Ace came as more of a surprise, with Shimano normally staggering the release of its groupsets.
We now have all the details of both groupsets, including confirmation that they are 12-speed, electronic-only with no mechanical option, semi-wireless and come with the promise of Shimano’s fastest, most precise shifting ever.
We also found out how much Shimano’s latest groupsets will cost, with retail prices starting from £3,631.87 for the disc brake Dura-Ace R9200 option and £2,370.87 for Ultegra R8100 in disc brake format.
It’s no surprise then that bike brands have reserved their flagship bikes for the new Dura-Ace. Some have also released slightly less expensive machines equipped with the new Ultegra.
We’ll certainly see more and more bikes released with Shimano’s newest groupsets over the coming months but, in the meantime, here are 13 bikes already dressed in Shimano’s finest.
Trek Madone SLR 9
How much? With a list price of £12,400, the new Trek Madone SLR 9 is about as pricey as it comes.
However, as Trek’s top-specced aero road bike, it has all the bells and whistles – Dura-Ace R9200 and Bontrager Aeolus RSL 51 wheels. The frame is also constructed from 800 Series OCLV Carbon, Trek’s lightest carbon fibre.
Elsewhere in the range, the new £9,190 Trek Madone SLR 7 is one step below with the same carbon fibre frame but Ultegra R8100 and slightly lower-spec components. There is also the £4,700 SLR 6, which once again has Ultegra R8100 but its frame is made from 500 Series OCLV Carbon.
Trek Émonda SLR 9
Trek’s top-tier climbing bike also comes equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace R9200.
The Émonda SLR 9 uses the same grade of top-spec carbon fibre as the Madone SLR 9 but the frame is focussed primarily on low weight – less than 700g for an unpainted SLR frame, according to Trek.
That said, the 2021 Trek Émonda also has a healthy smattering of aero touches, making this an appealing all-round race bike.
As for the spec, the Émonda SLR 9 has mountain-appropriate, 37mm-deep carbon wheels and a Bontrager Aeolus RSL integrated bar and stem.
This bike will cost you £11,020. One step below is the SLR 7 with Ultegra R8100. Yours for a cool £7,810.
Trek Domane SLR 7
The Domane is Trek’s endurance road bike and that’s reflected in the geometry, with a slightly longer wheelbase and upright riding position than the brand’s out-and-out race bikes.
It also has fewer aero features, most notably a standard two-piece bar and stem cockpit rather than an integrated design. It can also take 38mm tyres, improving comfort and increasing versatility.
The 2022 SLR 7 comes with Ultegra R8100 and 37mm-deep wheels, setting you back £8,000. There is also the Trek Domane SLR 9 with the latest Dura-Ace for £11,000.
Giant TCR Advanced SL Disc 0
Giant Australia has already listed the Giant TCR Advanced SL Disc 0 with Dura-Ace R9200 on its website.
The 2021 Giant TCR Advanced SL Disc 0 got a full five stars when we tested it in May and was also our 2021 Superbike of the Year. The TCR is a seriously good platform.
Pricing is listed as AU$12,999 and Giant says UK pricing and specs will be available in the coming weeks. Giant also says there will be seven models across its 2022 UK range available with Dura-Ace R9200 and Ultegra R8100.
Orro Venturi STC Ultegra
Expected to be available at the end of October 2021, the Orro Venturi STC comes with Ultegra R8100.
Orro is a British brand that has quickly built itself a solid reputation for value and performance. When we reviewed its Venturi Evo 105 we commented on how the bike delivered a premium aero bike ride for £2,100, which is a lot less cash than some aero bikes from more well-known brands.
The Venturi STC is Orro’s flagship model and is a bit pricier at £3,599, but it’s still a relative steal when compared to other bikes with the new Ultegra groupset.
BMC Teammachine SLR01 ONE
The Teammachine has been one of cycling’s most successful bikes in recent years, and the Teammachine SLR01 ONE is BMC’s latest top-shelf model, decked out in Dura-Ace R9200 for €13,299.
BMC Roadmachine 01 Five
When the latest Roadmachine launched, BMC said it was designed to do everything quickly and comfortably, with the brand upping tyre clearance and overall comfort.
This €6,799 version of the bike comes with Ultegra R8100 and has a 50/34 chainset at the front, in keeping with its versatile one-bike-to-do-it-all approach.
Fairlight Strael 3.0
It’s one of the best steel bikes to pass through our doors, delivering buckets of comfort, impressive adaptability and customisable build options, which now, of course, include the new Dura-Ace and Ultegra.
The titanium, ultra-distance Mason Aspect will be available with Shimano Ultegra R8100.
Mason will also be offering its steel Resolution and aluminium Definition road bikes with Shimano’s latest groupsets.
Canyon Ultimate CFR Disc Aero
The Canyon Ultimate CFR Disc Aero has also received the new Dura-Ace treatment.
Canyon’s CFR designation is reserved for the German brand’s flagship frames and this bike comes in with a claimed weight of 6.54kg.
The price? £8,599 for Canyon’s racy all-rounder dressed in 12-speed Shimano.
Canyon Endurace CF SLX 9 Disc Di2
Also with Dura-Ace R9200, the Canyon Endurace CF SLX 9 Disc Di2 will cost slightly less at £7,399.
While the Endurace shares a similar profile to the Ultimate, it places greater emphasis on comfort, with the relaxed geometry promoting a more upright riding position. Claimed weight for this bike is 7.1kg.
Canyon Aeroad CFR Disc MvdP
Mathieu van der Poel receives the Peter Sagan privilege of having a bike painted and specced in his honour, and then sold to the public for a tidy sum.
This special edition Canyon Aeroad CFR Disc has Dura-Ace R9200, van der Poel’s initials on the head tube and his silhouette on the seat tube. It will set you back a cool £10,099.