Review - R2C Shifters
article & images by Nick Salazar
Jul 19, 2010  hits 100,681

Conclusion: they're awesome.

Without a doubt, these are the most welcome addition to our bike since the aerobar itself. They may have some installation quirks, but they're no fad. This is a new category of shifter, and one we can only imagine it's here to stay. They definitely come at a price, but in our mind, the performance benefit is undoubtedly worth it. They're not coming off our bike any time soon, and they're a very high priority for us on future builds. We'd recommend these even on an entry-level tri bike; they make that much of a difference.

Pros
  • Superlative, game-changing ergonomics
  • Excellent functionality and crisp shifting
  • Two different shapes to suit multiple hand sizes.
  • All-out fun to use
 
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Installation quirks may bother some

Verdict: Must-Have
Rating: 5.0


Tags » aerobars,  shifters,  sram,  zipp
  • The R2C shifters look super clean, always pointed forward.
  • The front shifter moves about 40 degrees for a complete shift, and the rear shifter moves about 10 degrees per shift for up to four shifts at once.
  • Shifts can be accomplished with a thumb ...
  • ... or a forefinger.
  • Zipp's version features the same internals, but different ergonomics.
  • The 'Exact Actuation' logo betrays its SRAM heritage.
  • The SRAM version feels very good in our hands.
  • The Zipp version is bulkier, and didn't fit as well in our hands.
  • It looks so natural, but in this photo, the near hand is shifting.
  • These are easily the best triathlon shifters we've ever used.

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