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Road Bike Gear Levers

Road Bike Gear Levers

Modern road bike gear levers are designed to make the entire gear changing process as quick and simple as possible, meaning you spend less time finding the right gear and more time focussing on the road.

The gear levers found on today’s road bikes are actually mounted onto the handlebars alongside the brake levers. Combining the two systems allows cyclists to have enhanced control of their bike, with everything they need to manipulate their speed directly at their fingertips.

Here at Merlin Cycles, we stock the best options from the top brands including Shimano, Campagnolo and SRAM.

Let’s take a look at what the three main brands have to offer:

Shimano Total Integration (STI) systems mostly use the main brake lever to change gear. The only exceptions to this are their Sora models, which use a small secondary lever on the brake hood, and their Di2 electronic shifting variants, which are activated using buttons on the brake lever.  

The hierarchy of Shimano gear levers, from professional to entry level, is as follows:

  • Dura Ace
  • Ultegra 
  • 105
  • Tiagra
  • Sora

Buy Shimano gear levers for your bike, and find out what everyone is raving about.

Campagnolo’s Ergo Power system uses a separate, ergonomically designed lever behind the brakes to change gear one way; and a tiny lever on the brake hood to return it to the

opposite way. The only change in their electronic version is the use of small pads on the levers which change gear by touch, allowing for ultra-quick responses.

The hierarchy of Campagnolo gear levers, from professional to entry level, is as follows:

  • Super Record
  • Record
  • Chrous
  • Centaur
  • Veloce

Take a look at our wide selection of Campagnolo gear levers today.

SRAM have their patented Double Tap system, which allows you to swiftly change gears with a single push of a lever; pushing inwards once changes the gear one way, whilst pushing inwards again reverses the change.  

The hierarchy of SRAM gear levers, from professional to entry level, is as follows:

  • Red
  • Force
  • Rival
  • Apex

Purchase your very own SRAM Gear levers now.

Each manufacturer embeds their road bike gear levers with qualities unique to their brand. This means that different brands’ gear systems are incompatible with each other.

Manufacturers also recommend purchasing matching groupset components in order to ensure your bike operates as smoothly as possible. Be sure to check your bike before you make a purchase.

If you require further advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with an experienced member of our team by calling us on 01772 432431 or by sending a message to sales@merlincycles.com.

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