News: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 levers now able to control external devices

New software update allows remote operation of cycling computers, trainers, video cameras and more

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Shimano Remote Control

The remote control buttons have been there all along. Now they’ll have something to control.

Breaking news out of Shimano world HQ today that Dura-Ace Di2 levers will now be able to control more than just shifting and braking. Thanks to a new software update and a pair of buttons built into the tops of the hoods, riders will be able to operate on-bike computers and potentially other devices such as trainers and video cameras without taking their hands off the bars.

These remote control buttons have actually been there all along, having been built into the system right from its launch in 2012. But it’s not until this latest software update, which interfaces with the D-Fly wireless unit Shimano introduced earlier this year and works on the ANT+ wireless network, that these buttons will actually be able to operate external devices.

This development fits within what Shimano call its “stress-free riding concept”, a fancy way of saying it’s better to keep your hands on your handlebars when riding. Looking ahead, it will be up to the developers of the external devices to design the exact features that the buttons control.

We’ll keep an eye on these developments moving forward and let you know how well it all actually works. In the meantime, here’s a graphical representation of the concept courtesy of Shimano.

Shimano Remote Control

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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