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Road Derailleurs - Rear

Shimano Ultegra RD-RX800 Rear Derailleur

The RD-RX800 introduces yet more MTB technology into this Ultegra R8000 road derailleur to optimize chain tension for a more efficient, stable, and reliable drivetrain over rough roads and terrain. A simple lever rotates on- or-off to activate or deactivate the clutch. When activated, the clutch stiffens up the entire rear derailleur assembly for crisp and accurate shifting, then simply deactivate for service or wheel changes. This effective design was first released in mountain bike derailleurs for double chainring set-ups several years ago, was updated and improved for MTB 1x11 drivetrains and has now become a must-have feature on the road and gravel side of things with a double or 1x set-up.

The now familiar Shadow cage and parallelogram design sits much closer to the frame and under the cassette, protecting the cage from ground contact in case of accident or from bike to bike interaction when transporting multiple bikes. The pathway the derailleur action travels when shifted is also more linear, and smooth. A shorter throw now results in quicker, more precise shifts using the RX800 GS with less effort, even over the wider spread of the 11-34 cassette. Adding that greater range opens more cyclists up to various forms of road cycling, such as gravel, endurance, adventure, etc. One important difference between the mountain and road application of the Shadow design is the very welcome presence of a compact barrel adjuster for manual cable tension adjustments. The B-link standard hanger mount can be uncoupled from the direct mount pivot if your frame accepts the direct mount system.

Classic Ultegra materials and finish means you get a robust derailleur body, links, and axles which are strong and light. Flouric coated link bushings keep the movement smooth and the linkage torsionally stiff and aligned. The cage plates are made from machined aluminum, not CFRP, so you gain a few grams but gain max durability to go along with excellent cage stiffness. The cage design is torsionally and laterally stiff, resulting in reliable shifts and chain performance under load, no matter what ring and cog combination you find yourself in- all the way from 11-34 with the GS version. The upper and lower pulley wheels of the cage have specific profiles, and ride on Stainless Steel bolts that ensure longevity and resist corrosion.

Features

  • Ultegra-level 11-speed rear derailleur with gravel and cross in mind
  • Clutch design for optimized chain tension, reduced chain slap, missed gears
  • Shadow design protects cage and assembly from damage and improves shifting plane
  • Designed for traditional hanger systems, with direct mount option (remove B-link)
  • B-Axle is stainless steel, with incredible stiffness
  • Cable routing cleaner, more direct from frame to cable stop, stop has barrel adjuster
  • Aluminum body, pivots, axles are stiff, strong, light, with plated or anodized finishes
  • 4 fluoric coated bushings keep action smooth, consistent & pivots torsionally aligned
  • Aluminum cage plates are durable, resilient, and light, with anodized finish
  • GS (mid-cage) for 11-28, 32, 34
  • Color: Black fade
  • Weight: 242 grams (actual)