Shimano Dura-Ace SL-BS79 bar end shifters review£90.00

Real luxury items

BikeRadar score4/5

If you want Shimano 10-speed tip shifters, then these new Dura-Ace beauties are your only option. And as you’d expect from a piece designed to work at the highest level, these shifters are real luxury items.

Smooth forged alloy levers get a thick rubber tip for wet finger grip, and the click-through is super slick on the bike. But they still retain the emergency friction shift option in case a crash knocks your indexing out.

Once on they’re a totally ‘fit-and-forget’ piece. Just be careful to re-assemble them correctly after pulling them apart to plug them into your extensions.

These shifters are heavier than the more expensive SRAM TT500 and TT900, and don’t look as fly as the carbon fibre paddles of the latter.

SRAM shifters don’t work with Shimano though, so that’s not relevant unless you’re building a transmission from scratch. Ditto any comments about price, although a cheaper option would certainly be welcome.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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