Di2 Compatibility - mix Ultegra, DURA-ACE, XTR, XT and GRX components

Published October 15, 2019 by BetterShifting, Last updated October 13, 2020

Did you know most Di2 hardware is cross-series compatible? You can actually mix different series and even different generations of Di2 hardware, as long as you make sure you follow the Di2 compatibility chart!

Hidden somewhere on the Shimano e-Tube Project website is a Di2/e-Tube compatibility chart. This useful PDF helps you select your components, making sure they're compatible before spending $$$ and installing them on your bike.

Have a nice Ultegra 6870 setup but want the newer R8000 shifters so that you have extra buttons on the hoods? You can!

Want to use the mountain bike Di2 display on your road bike? You can!

Feel like upgrading your derailleurs but not your shifters? Sure! You can!

Compatibility chart? Where? How does it work?

The latest version of the compatibility chart can be found on the [Shimano e-Tube project website]https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/e-tube/project/compatibillity.html). At the time of writing the latest version of the chart is 4.0.2.

Let’s say you want to know whether your Ultegra RD-6870-GS rear derailleur and Dura-Ace ST-R9150 shifters are compatible with each other. Start with your battery and work your way down.

Di2 e-tube compatibility - connected boxes

In the image above I have selected the SM-EW90 Junction box, R9150-series Dura-Ace shifters and two 11-speed derailleurs; the RD-6870 Ultegra rear derailleur and the Ultegra FD-R8050 front derailleur. Note that I could also have selected the Dura-Ace FD-R9150 front derailleur if I wanted to.

Shimano recommend you use components all from the same series, because that’s when they perform best. However, this isn’t feasible for everyone and fortunately they allow you to mix components, if you really want to.

The only thing you can never do is mix different speed derailleurs or mtb / gravel / road derailleurs. All derailleurs have to support either 10-speed or 11-speed and from the same ‘category’.

Mixing MTB and Road/GRX components

So.. can you use mountain bike di2 hardware with road hardware? Sort of… it’s complicated. You can definitely use road shifters on a mountain bike – but would you really want to? However, let’s say you wanted to build a 1×11 Di2 setup? You’d probably want to take advantage of the Clutch System Shimano equipped the mountain bike rear derailleurs with, but use your road shifters. You should be able to do this no problem! Alternatively you can use a GRX rear derailleur with road shifters, or the Ultegra RX805 clutch rear derailleur.

The only real limitation is that derailleurs you use have to be either road/gravel or mountain bike derailleurs – you cannot mix these derailleurs. Other than that you’re free to do whatever you want.

Compatibility charts

Like you’ve read above, I've linked the Shimano Di2 compatibility charts. Click the image below to view the full compatibility chart PDF. Note that the pages relevant to your setup depend on which series hardware and, perhaps more importantly, which battery or battery mount you’re using.

Di2 e-tube compatibility charts image link