Hope all is well.

Currently I have a Cervelo P2 2013 with an Ultegra 10 speed.

I would like to upgrade the drive train from the current 10 speed to an 11 speed setup (either the 105 or the Ultegra). The main question that I have is how do I know which bottom bracket do I need to get for the 11 speed setup to work correctly? Apparently it has a FSA Gossamer Mega Exo bottom bracket currently.

Is there anything else that I would need to consider besides the below:

  • cassette
  • derailleurs (front and back)
  • chain rings
  • chain
  • TT gear levers

The current brakes that are on the bike feel fine so I don't need to change those and I have 11 speed compatible rims (Campag Zonda's).


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    Thanks All. for the answers. @Argenti Apparatus Yes I meant wheels with a compatible 11 speed freehub body. I may toke you up on that offer and try the crank at a later stage just because it's cheaper. Aug 17, 2020 at 12:54

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FSA Megaexo bottom brackets are dimensionally the same as Shimano Hollowtech II road cranks/bottom brackets, so you should be able to just fit a Shimano crank in there. Personally I'd replace it with a higher quality Shimano unit though.

I'll assume when you say your rims are 11 speed compatible you mean wheels - that is the freehub body is compatible with 11 speed road cassettes that are slightly wider than 10 speed ones.

You need to replace cassette, chain, derailleurs and shifters. Technically you would replace the crank also. The difference between different speed cranks is chainring spacing to accommodate different width chains, not so much the chainrings themselves. It's generally reckoned that a 10 speed crank will work with 11 speed. Give it a try, if you have shifting issues you can always upgrade later.


I've done this conversion last year on my #2 bike from a 2013 Ultegra 10-speed to a 105 11-speed, to be able to use the 11-speed equipped wheels of a newer bike on my two bikes alternatively and avoid cassette swaps to do so.

The swapped parts are: the brifters, both derailleurs and the chain. The cassette of course! There is no need to replace the chainrings, the inner width of 10 and 11-speed chains being the same. It is only the outer width that changes because 11-speed has thinner plates. You could also keep the FD but I've chosen the new 105 FD. It is sleeker and easier to set-up and fine tune.

The quality of 105 from the most recent edition is far above Ultegra from '13, due to trickle down of technology. The most expensive part being the brifters.

  • The outer width is significant, because it determines whether you can jam the chain between rings or not.
    – ojs
    Aug 17, 2020 at 8:52
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    @ojs: Compare 10 and 11-speed Shimano cranks, there's no difference in ring spacing.
    – Carel
    Aug 17, 2020 at 10:04

The main question that I have is how do I know which bottom bracket do I need to get for the 11 speed setup to work correctly?

It depends on the crankset. If you use for example a Shimano Hollowtech II crankset, you need a Shimano Hollowtech II bottom bracket. There are quite many cranksets that work with 11speed setup. Thus, it's impossible to give a definite answer unless you have selected the crankset.

You mentioned considering chainrings. If I understand this correctly, you're not planning to change the crankset but rather only the chainrings. If this is the case, the existing crankset will work with the existing bottom bracket -- no need to change the BB.

Typically you would not need to consider the derailleurs (historically they had a standard cable pull ratio), but with the new high-speed setups each generation may change the cable pull ratio. Thus, unfortunately you may need to change the derailleurs as well. At least the rear one.

The rims have no compatibility with the drivetrain speed count. However, the rear hub does.

Anyway, I would suggest to reconsider the "upgrade". It's not a true upgrade in the sense that it would buy you much. It is debatable whether more or less speeds is better (I consider less speeds better because less speeds gives larger jumps between gears). If you for example have 11-30T 10speed cassette, it has 11.79% jumps between gears. A 11-30T 11speed cassette would have 10.55% jumps between gears. Hardly a large improvement. And I would consider this a step backwards rather than a step forwards as I prefer large jumps between gears.

Newer chains seem to be more durable than older chains due to improved materials and manufacturing processes, but it is a good question whether the increased durability of newer chains offsets increased price of the newer chains. Also, the "upgrade" from 10 speeds to 11 speeds costs so much that you're unlikely to ever recoup the investment in saved chainwear costs.

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