As roadies who also ride mountain bikes, we often find ourselves obsessing over hydraulic disc brakes. Luckily, Shimano's amazing hydraulic disc brakes have found their way to the world of drop bars and skinny tires. The Ultegra-level Shimano 11-speed Double R685 STI brake levers deliver the smooth, powerful, all-weather stopping power of hydraulic brakes to all of Shimano's 11-speed road groups, making it easy to make the leap. If you are running an 11 speed Shimano mechanical drivetrain and want hydraulic brakes on your road bike, this is the setup for you.
Shimano replicates the ergonomics of their standard Ultegra levers, except they've made the hood slightly taller to accommodate the cylinder. The R685's design uses a 2-piston design with a unidirectional internal fluid circuit that progresses braking control and modulation, as well as make bleeding easier.
The accompanying RS785 road disc brake calipers are modeled after the legendary Shimano XT M785 MTB calipers. This ensures braking performance is strong and reliable, featuring a 2-ceramic piston design and finned ICE Tech pads to provide the same great heat dissipation as the XT brakes.
The lever set comes with a full set of shift cables (enough for 1 bike), hydraulic hose, and Shimano mineral oil brake fluid. As such, the system is not pre-bled, but is very easy and clean to set up, especially if your bike has internal hydraulic brake routing. However, in order to install, you will need a Shimano hydraulic bleeding funnel.
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