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Dura-Ace Di2 sprint shifter gets WorldTour test Down Under

  • By Caley Fretz
  • Published Jan. 20, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 7, 2011 at 6:26 PM EDT

Cavendish has been sporting the new shifters

Several riders are using Shimano’s new ‘sprint shifter’ at the Tour Down Under this week. The optional shifter for the Dura-Ace Di2 electric group can be mounted anywhere on the bars, but are shown sitting just below the shifter hood, allowing quick and easy access to the rear shifting while in the handlebar drops.

The right side button shifts down the cassette, while the left shifter shifts up.

The buttons have been clearly visible on HTC-HighRoad sprinter Mark Cavendish’s Specialized this week.

Shimano already sells a two-button satellite shifter intended for use on the tops, as well as self-contained time trial shifters for Dura-Ace Di2

The new satellite shifting option for the drops, which Shimano dubs SW-7972, will be available to the public next month.

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Caley Fretz

Caley Fretz

Tech Editor Caley Fretz came on board with VN in September 2010, and now splits his year between Boulder, Colorado and Annecy, France. Beyond his journalistic pursuits, he is a category 1 road, 'cross and track racer. He also holds a pro XC mountain bike license, though unlicensed racing is now more his style.

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