Shimano XTR Dual Control shifters review£95.00

Mainly of interest to racers and weight weenies

BikeRadar score4.5/5

XTRDC introduced the new co-axial design and its light weight and fast, integrated reactions make it a great racer’s option. Most of the plus/minus comments from the XT DC apply, as do the love/hate reactions from our testers.

This XTR set gets even better internal bearings so the instant, multi-release mechanics feel even smoother and faster once you’re used to the reactions. While lever shape and the optional removable auxiliary shift lever are basically the same, XTR doesn’t have Servo Wave brake giblets. As DC appeals primarily to racers, the 90g lower weight will matter more to most buyers than reduced brake power. As XTR only costs £20 more, it’s a cost effective weight saving investment too.

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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