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    6700 r/h shifter died, can you mix 6700 and 6800?

    My bike is full 6700 and the r/h shifter died, I took off the hood and noticed that the spring that holds the pawl in when ratcheting was loose. Lots of corrosion on the spring (and many miles) so I'm not that surprised.
    Of course I had instant dreams of upgrading to 6800 but that's not possible for me right now so I'd like to know if, I was able to find lightly used shifters and front and rear derailleurs, can I use my existing 6700 brakes and compact crank (I think 6750)?
    Rear hub is 11-spd compatible.
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    https://greenville.craigslist.org/bop/5208686778.html

    alternative option...this guy has been trying to dump his equipment for months. those 5700 shifters will plug and play for you until you can get the cash together for a new group.
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    Yes you can use them, while Shimano will tell you the 6700 and 6800 cranks are not cross compatible but actually they are. I have a 6800 11spd crank on my 10spd 6700 Di2 setup. I have a 6700 10spd crank on my wifes 6800 11spd setup, both shift perfectly fine.
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    Yes, crank and brake would work, but everything else would have to be changed to 11 speed. 6700 and 6800 shifters and derailleurs have different pull ratios.

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    Thanks for the help guys.
    My back-up bike is doing the job right now so I think I'll save up until Xmas...I remember some smoking 6800 deals last year and it doesnt look like the euro is getting much stronger anytime soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJay74 View Post
    Yes you can use them, while Shimano will tell you the 6700 and 6800 cranks are not cross compatible but actually they are. I have a 6800 11spd crank on my 10spd 6700 Di2 setup. I have a 6700 10spd crank on my wifes 6800 11spd setup, both shift perfectly fine.
    Thanks for posting this. Like the OP, my right Ultegra 6700 lever has decided to stop shifting properly and lubing the bajeebers out of it doesn't make a difference. I've been searching high-and-low for a new right lever, but all I could find is one dealer selling them for $260. Apparently the law of scarcity has started to kick-in on 10-speed components. The other option is buying the pair of levers, but that's still $250+.

    Since I can get the 6800 lever + derailleurs for less than $250, I'd much prefer to go 11-speed (my rear hub is 11-speed compatible). That being said, if the 6700 crank will work with 6800, then an 11-speed upgrade is in my bike's future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorInRichfield View Post
    Thanks for posting this. Like the OP, my right Ultegra 6700 lever has decided to stop shifting properly and lubing the bajeebers out of it doesn't make a difference. I've been searching high-and-low for a new right lever, but all I could find is one dealer selling them for $260. Apparently the law of scarcity has started to kick-in on 10-speed components. The other option is buying the pair of levers, but that's still $250+.

    Since I can get the 6800 lever + derailleurs for less than $250, I'd much prefer to go 11-speed (my rear hub is 11-speed compatible). That being said, if the 6700 crank will work with 6800, then an 11-speed upgrade is in my bike's future.
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    I opted to purchase a "shift lever bracket" like this one for $91 rather than upgrade to Ultegra 6800... it was the least expensive route to go to get the shifting problem fixed w/o replacing all sorts of stuff.

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    "The simplest answer is most often correct" - Occam's razor
    After waiting weeks for my new right shift lever to arrive, I started taking off the old lever only to notices some stray strands of wire sticking out that I didn't notice before...

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    Needless to say, the shift lever is just fine; the shift cable had begun to fray. Nothing like spending over $100 to fix a $10 problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorInRichfield View Post
    After waiting weeks for my new right shift lever to arrive, I started taking off the old lever only to notices some stray strands of wire sticking out that I didn't notice before...

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    Needless to say, the shift lever is just fine; the shift cable had begun to fray. Nothing like spending over $100 to fix a $10 problem.
    It's very rare that a Shimano shifter actually breaks. It's nearly always the 'fraying cable' thing. Expensive lesson to learn.
    This is something you can confirm visually w/o taking the cable out or the lever off the bike...just pull the hood back. Your clue is that the shifting goes really wacky, especially upshifting (to harder gears).
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorInRichfield View Post
    Needless to say, the shift lever is just fine; the shift cable had begun to fray. Nothing like spending over $100 to fix a $10 problem.
    Probably a blessing in disguise if your ride a ton. I've had two shimano shifers just die. Not sure but I'd guess both were around the 25,000 miles mark. And there's always the crash possibility.
    Never hurts to have a spare especially considering the more time passes the greater chance you won't be able to find one.

    But yeah, definitely an expensive way to learn always check for cable fraying first. Or better yet replace the cable before that's a possibility to rule it out in advance.

    By the way if you really regret having the other shifter I imagine you could return it and/or sell it close to what you paid on ebay. There's always a market for past year's right shifters.

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