Interbike 2013: Shimano Ultegra Hydraulic Road Disc Brakes

Ultegra Hydraulic Disc Brakeset

The Ultegra hydraulic disc brakeset demo setup at the Shimano booth felt great.

The buzz surrounding Shimano‘s new hydraulic road disc brake was palpable at their Interbike booth. With samples on display to feel and poke at, we were impressed with the modulation and adjustability of the new Ultegra-level disc brakes. Reach and bite point adjustment are both easily accomplished through screws in the inboard side of the lever body just under the hoods.

Modulation is tuneable by changing out the hydraulic hoses. The brakes will come stock with Shimano’s older BH-63 hose for improved modulation that better matches the feel of traditional mechanical rim brakes. For riders that prefer a firmer feel and increased power, the current BH-90 mtb hose is available as a separate upgrade that can be installed by a qualified mechanic. We can’t wait to try these out on the road.