Shimano Dura-Ace ST-7801 Shifters

4.67/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $350.00

Product Description

Shimano Dura-Ace 7801 2x10spd STI Lever Set: Ergonomic innovation is probably more critical to the higher standard of the new 10-speed S.T.I. levers than the added gearing. The narrower cradle-style perch welcomes the high-on-the-hood riding style and accommodates all sizes of hands. The shift internals borrow the robustness from our MTB technology which results in a smooth and effortless shift.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by StillKeen

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2013

Strengths:    Best Shimano shifting STI's (they shift better than 7900, as 7900 has the shifter cable under the bar tape, which adds friction as the cable follows the bends in the bars), only now being bettered by 9000 ... ten years later!

The shifters/brake levers use 'standard' pull for the brakes and derailleurs. So you can use with ultegra, 105 etc of the same (or slightly newer) vintage. When these were replaced with 7900, the brake lever pull ratio and front derailleur full ratio became specific to Dura-ace 7900.

Weaknesses:    The Dura-ace covers (the metal shifter covers) are stupidly expensive as replacement parts, costing around $25 each!
They aren't 'repairable', as you cannot easily take them apart, and if you do take them apart you can't buy replacement parts (however, they seem to last forever, so this isn't really much of a weakness).

Bottom Line:   
Purchased secondhand off ebay for $150. They showed signs of cosmetic wear, but shift fantastically. Every time I ride with this shifters, I think how I have no desire to upgrade to 7900 or any other shifter (maybe Dura-ace 9070 electronic ..).

Replacement hoods are cheap and easy to find.

They're comfortable for my hands.

If you can find a nice used set, then I'd highly recommend running them over any other 9 or 10 speed Shimano, SRAM or Campy shifter. The external cable routing for the shifter cable may not be as clean looking as 7900/6700 etc, but it just shifts so much better.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zachariah a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2011

Strengths:    ~421 grams/pair
~Smooth shifts every time
~Excellent brake modulation
~Looks like high-end silverware
~High resale value

Weaknesses:    ~No longer produced

Bottom Line:   
I came from many years of using the Shimano Ultegra ST-6501 9-speed double shifters, and they were smooth units. I finally took the 10-speed plunge when the Ultegra shifters gave up the ghost, after 11,000+ faithful miles.

The Dura Ace 7801 double shifters is a vast improvement and the final iteration of the Shimano 7800 family. The hoods are ergonomically slimmer and they arc slightly inward, for less throw from either the drops or hoods. In fact, you'll get a positive shift the moment your hand touches the's THAT FAST!

They are very much in demand right now. Find yourself a set and just KEEP them...nearly same smoothness as 7900, but far less expensive.

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Favorite Ride:   State Hwy 74

Price Paid:    $225.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Ultegra 6501
Shimano 105

Bike Setup:   15-pound 2009 Cannondale CAAD 9/7 - Full Dura Ace 7800 gruppo, Mavic Ksyrium SL, Slice Si fork

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Glenn Town a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2008

Strengths:    Great feel, love how can down shift both the front and back at the same time - do it all the time without problems. Always positive, requiring so little trimming that I eliminated the adjusters on the cables altogether.

Weaknesses:    See my review summary - major problem.

Bottom Line:   
I've been riding Dura Ace for about a decade and have enjoyed the improvements over the years. Most notable, the 7800 series - especially the crankset. I wore out the 7800 levers and got into the 7801 levers for chep. Nice, but so was the 7800. So why the post? I break shift cables at about 3 a year, so this is serious! Once broken the head drops into the tumblers. On the 7800 I could fish it out, and back on the road rather quickly. Not the 7801 - IT HAS TO GO BACK TO SHIMANO! Scared what this will cost. I'm gonna hot glue the head in from now on and then punch it out from the inboard side from now on. Major limitation and I can think of many ways the engineers could correct this - but they didn't.

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Favorite Ride:   Gibralter - I'm a climber

Price Paid:    $230.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Always been Dura Ace as far back as the 7 speed, down tube system.

Bike Setup:   Scott Addict, 14 lbs in a 58 size.

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