SRAM unveils new time trial and triathlon shifter

Innovative lever designed to generate less drag

SRAM has added a third bar-end shifter to its time trial/triathlon range for 2009.

The 1090-R2C has some clever features that the firm claims will save up to 36 seconds over a typical Ironman bike leg.

It sports a single lever per side, like SRAM’s TT Shifter 900 and 500 models, but instead of having a set location for each cog or chainring the lever returns to a central position - hence the R2C moniker - after each shift. 

SRAM says that because the lever is always pointed straight ahead it generates less drag while remaining easily accessible.

The 1090-R2C shifter will have a carbon fibre lever, aluminium body and composite insert mount, with titanium fasteners throughout.  The new shifter will only be compatible with SRAM road rear derailleurs but will mount directly to Zipp’s integrated Vuka shifter boss. 

Even with its exotic materials list, the more complicated internals push the 1090-R2C’s projected weight to a slightly weightier  - but still competitive - 195g for the pair (the TT Shifter 900 is 138g per pair).  Pricing and availability are still to be determined.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
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  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
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