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A trickle down from a trickle down, the slimline hoods on these ST-6800 dual control levers follow the contours of Dura Ace 9000, whose leanness resulted from the positive feedback afforded the first incarnation of Di2.
Slim hoods are easier to achieve with electronic controls, so chapeau to Shimano for whittling down a mechanical shifter, filled with the necessary paraphernalia of cable pull mechanisms, to such honed proportions. Shimano claim enhanced stopping power when operating the brakes from the hood position, too, and short lever stroke than its predecessor. The ST-6800 levers weigh 425 grams a set
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