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A twist-style seven-speed indexed shifter made by SRAM

A bicycle shifter or gear control or gear levers is a component used to control the gearing mechanisms and select the desired gear ratio. Typically, they operate either a derailleur mechanism or an internal hub gear mechanism. In either case, the control is operated by moving a cable that connects the shifter to the gear mechanism. Shifters are mounted on the down tube of the frame, stem, or various locations on the handlebars.


  • Grip shifter - a wheel with click stops surrounding the handlebar is turned until the desired gear is reached, though typically one gear at a time
  • Trigger shifter - a lever is pulled or pushed to change gears one at a time
  • Thumb shifter
  • Road bike shifter - integrated with brake levers[2]

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