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What do you think of Shimano’s unique new handlebar design?

What do you think of Shimano's unique new handlebar design?

Shimano Tech of the week It’s time to check out the latest tech stories from the world of cycling – everything from Abus’ updated seat-mounted…

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Shimano Tech of the week It’s time to check out the latest tech stories from the world of cycling – everything from Abus’ updated seat-mounted flexible bike lock, new clothing from Santini with Paris-Roubaix themed lycra and Stolen Goat’s graffiti-style ‘Hell Yeah’ kit, to a collab between Italy’s Cinelli and football club Inter Milan. We’re starting, though, with a look at an interesting patent we came across…

Shimano has had a patent application published that shows a handlebar that accommodates Di2 switches in recesses on the top sections for a sleeker appearance. 2022 Shimano handlebar patent for Di2 shifters – 2 (1) Switches – such as Shimano’s Di2 SW-RS801-T (link is external) top bar switches – are usually mounted externally. What’s the problem there?

“When using a conventional band type clamp, the electric unit is spaced away from the exterior surface of the handlebar, which makes [the] appearance of the handlebar inelegant,” says Shimano. With Shimano’s new handlebar design, the switch is positioned at least partially internally, and is partly covered “to provide a visually pleasing appearance”. Shimano suggests that the switch could be operated through a flexible cover that keeps water out. We couldn’t say for sure whether this design will ever be released to the public but in these days of ever more integration, we’d say there’s a good possibility. Santini launches Paris-Roubaix themed kit

The Paris-Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift is coming up on Saturday 16 April and on the Sunday is the 119th edition of the […]

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