bar end shifters

Best Bar End Shifters

bar end shiftersThe key to any successful bike setup is being able to get into the gear you need as soon as you need it.  That’s why we recommend a solid set of bar end shifters.  If you are serious about triathlon racing you will have a bike with a set of aero bars fitted and for these, you will need a specialised set of gear shifters.

That’s why we recommend a solid set of bar end shifters.  If you are serious about triathlon racing you will have a bike with a set of aero bars fitted and for these, you will need a specialised set of gear shifters.

If you are serious about triathlon racing you will have a bike with a set of aero bars fitted and for these, you will need a specialised set of gear shifters.

The majority of bikes you see on race day – unless you are on the pro circuit will be standard bar end shifters.  You can pay anything from one hundred dollars up for these and there are many makes to choose from.

You can pay anything from one hundred dollars up for these and there are many makes to choose from.

What are the best bar end shifters for triathlon

We have put a list together that shows a prices guide and a star rating based on real user reviews.  Unless you go for the electronic version which you can see in the image above you will be choosing for one of these.

Our best Triathlon Bar End Shifters for 2017 season

Fitting Bar End Shifters

Fitting these beauties to your aero bars is pretty straight forward.  A lot will depend on the style of your

A lot will depend on the style of your aero bars.  Does the cable fit through the tubular extension bars or is it held in position with tape?

There is a hex head screw in each of the shifters and as you tighten it the clasping mechanism grips the inside of each tube.  This holds the shifter in place.  Just make sure you have the cable in place before you tighten up anything or else you will have to start again and dismantle the shifter mechanism.

Here is a quick review video of the Shimano Dura-ace bar end shifters.


The next thing you need to look at is caring for the shifters.

A small drop of oil every now and again will do the trick to keep things moving freely.

You should also take them apart once or twice in a season to make sure there is no noticeable wear and tear, but also to remove any grit or dirt that may have gotten inside.  Over time this will get jammed into the shifter and may cause a lock up.  Not what you want in the middle of a race.


Thanks for stopping by our site. We have a lot more information here on the best triathlon gear with some awesome reviews and seriously good deals.

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