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Retroshift combines bar-end shifters with brake levers

Retroshift's cyclocross brake levers incorporate bar-end-style shifters
Retroshift's cyclocross brake levers incorporate bar-end-style shifters
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There are three models of Retroshift CX – one for bikes with no front derailleur, one for bikes with with cantilever or caliper brakes, and one for bikes with linear-pull, V-brakes or disc brakes
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There are three models of Retroshift CX – one for bikes with no front derailleur, one for bikes with with cantilever or caliper brakes, and one for bikes with linear-pull, V-brakes or disc brakes
Retroshift's cyclocross brake levers incorporate bar-end-style shifters
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Retroshift's cyclocross brake levers incorporate bar-end-style shifters
The one-shifter model, for bikes with a single chainring
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The one-shifter model, for bikes with a single chainring
Buyers can order the levers “bare” and add their own bar-end or down-tube shifters
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Buyers can order the levers “bare” and add their own bar-end or down-tube shifters
Not all third-party shifters will work, although Shimano 8, 9 and 10-speed models should do the trick
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Not all third-party shifters will work, although Shimano 8, 9 and 10-speed models should do the trick
The one-shifter Retroshift CX1, for bikes with no front derailleur
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The one-shifter Retroshift CX1, for bikes with no front derailleur
The Retroshift CX3, for bikes with linear-pull, V-brakes or disc brakes
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The Retroshift CX3, for bikes with linear-pull, V-brakes or disc brakes
The Retroshift CX2, for bikes with with cantilever or caliper brakes
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The Retroshift CX2, for bikes with with cantilever or caliper brakes
Buyers can get the levers with Retroshift’s own house-brand 9 or 10-speed shifters included
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Buyers can get the levers with Retroshift’s own house-brand 9 or 10-speed shifters included

Cyclocross bikes typically have paddle-style shift levers integrated into their brake levers, like road bikes do. While this setup his its advantages, cyclocross riders generally like things to be simple and tough enough to stand up to a lot of mud and abuse. That’s where Retroshift CX comes in – it’s a line of brake levers with built-in bar-end-style shifters.

Actually, buyers can get the levers with Retroshift’s own house-brand 9 or 10-speed shifters included, or they can order them “bare” and add their own bar-end or down-tube shifters. Needless to say, not all third-party shifters will work, although Shimano 8, 9 and 10-speed models should do the trick. A list of other compatible shifters can be found on the company website.

Shimano-compatible derailleurs are required on the bike receiving the levers.

The Retroshift CX2, for bikes with with cantilever or caliper brakes
The Retroshift CX2, for bikes with with cantilever or caliper brakes

There are three models of Retroshift CX – one for bikes with no front derailleur, one for bikes with cantilever or caliper brakes, and one for bikes with linear-pull, V-brakes or disc brakes. Prices for the second two models are US$129 for the bare version, and $189 with shifters included. Weight with shifters is 388 grams.

The system can be seen making some cyclocross-style fast, multi-gear shifts in the video below.

Source: Retroshift via BikeRadar

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6 comments
Terry Remsik
This seems silly. There are better shifters already made. for example: http://bike.shimano.com/publish/content/global_cycle/en/us/index/products/road/105_5700/product.-code-ST-5700-L-S.-type-.st_road.html
The Goats
Terry - The Shimano shifters you refer to are indeed excellent but aimed at road riding. Retroshift are designed for cyclocross and so are a little different. Retroshift CX levers provide some extra ability from the hoods with the ability to shift across 10 gears instantly (the Shimano can do just 3 going down and only 1 at a time going up). The particular Shimano shifters you point to are also quite a bit heavier and more complicated. Don't get me wrong, if you are road racing go with the Shimano! If you are racing CX then consider these and you can save some money, weight and headaches! :)
Hagay Vider
Both Campagnollo and Suntour produced shifters like this in the past, and both had better designs than this. The Suntour shifters mounted on the inside of the brake hood, and were shaped like a large wing nut, with 2 levers. The rider could shif The cable ran through the brake hood and under the handlebar tape. Suntour eventually stopped making them when STI shifters became popular.
Noel Frothingham
Hagay and Terry, how can you say that the Campy and Suntour shifters are superior if you haven't tried these? Outward appearance can be and often is deceiving as to what is 'under the hood' - all puns intended. Get back to us once you have ridden with RetroShift on our bike.
The Goats
It is likely no surprise that we are were fans of the Suntour Command Shifters and also the Kelly Take Offs (Have not tried the Campy ones referred to above). These are viable and excellent alternatives to bar-ends. While you are easily forgiven for comparing these to our CX shifters as we do utilize a bar-end or down-tube shifter as the shift mechanism they are really very different. Our CX shifters are not a bar mounted shifter like those but another take on the fully integrated shifter. The primary difference between our CX shifters and Shimano/Campy/SRAM is that our patent pending shifting system utilizes a shift lever on the leading edge of the brake lever (not in or behind it). Hope you get to try them. If you can get past the quirky looks there are a number of advantages to be had! http://www.cxmagazine.com/retroshift-cx2-cyclocross-shifters-brake-levers-review Cheers, Goats
TheSplund
Ideal. The frictionless option is no doubt included (or would be if you used your own) - I'm not a cyclo-crosser (though I still have my Ultegra bar-ends in a box) but I can see the obvious benefits of such a simple solution.