The evolution of Shimano's Di2 drivetrain system rolls on. With the release of the R9100 series components, an entirely new hydraulic disc braking system was developed from the shift/brake levers all the way down to the rotors. The legendary 11-Speed Di2 electronic shifting version is here, in the R9170 Di2 Levers for hydraulic disc brakes. In the process of developing Dura-Ace R9100, new ergonomic and efficiencies were built into the shifting systems for both mechanical and electronic versions, with options added via the E-Tube project for customizing the shifting set-up of the R9170 Di2 models. Here these lever ar sold as individual levers only, left or right, and don't include the disc brake caliper or hose system.
The 11-Speed Di2 system offers substantial opportunities for direct customization via e-Tube. You can set your carbon shift levers up for Shimano's SyncroShift with two primary options. In fully synchronized shifting, the front derailleur automatically shifts off the placement and shifting of the rear derailleur in combination based on your choices. In semi-syncronization mode, the rider shifts both front and rear normally, but front shifts are augmented by an automated rear shift to moderate the large jumps and pedal lag that can cause. In normal shifting mode you can still program the shift buttons to your preference for which each shift action each lever actuates, or even control compatible computer head unit mode or screen buttons. The e-Tube system allows to do all this from their app on mobile devices or directly through a PC interface. With e-Tube, your system must all be set-up and physically connected, and for the new system you will need to be using a BM-DN100 (external battery mount) or BT-DN110 (built-in battery) and EW-WU101 ANT/BLE wireless connector.
From a physical perspective, the R9170 hydraulic lever is almost the exact same physical size and shape as it's mechanical brother. Slimmer, with much better ergonomics than ever before, as well as lighter weight, these levers shift a more refined electronic drivetrain with a more positive button response. You still have the capability for integrating with for satellite (sprinter, climber) buttons as well. The textured hood design provides excellent grip, some mild cushion, and covers the lightweight new plastic composite body housing. The strength and reliability of the housing is what allowed Shimano to engineer the shift action and hydraulic interface down to it's most compact size.
There have been countless reviews and comments about the excellence of Dura-Ace Di2. While other electronic shifting systems have their wondrous features and excellent performance, Di2 is the benchmark that every other shifting system is compared to. Shimano has never rested on their laurels. Witness the e-Tube project, refined lever design, the addition of hydraulic disc brake options, and the most reliable, amazing shifting performance found on a bike. Dura-Ace ST-9170 Di2 STI Levers represented the highest mountain in the bicycle shifting world, until Shimano vaulted it's R9270 12-Speed version towards the sky. While still a wired system (for several key reasons), Di2 R9170 offers a most impressive delivery of shifting performance.Return to Top
- 11-speed Dura-Ace Di2 STI road lever (only) R9170 electronic shifting and hydraulic braking
- Redesigned ergonomics and housing design keeps size same as mechanical
- Refined lever shapes and throws, with increased positive response on button push
- Carbon brake lever features free-stroke adjustment for lever and pad contact placement
- Di2 shifting system requires e-Tube components and battery, specific to your needs
- e-Tube system controlled directly with cable via PC, or mobile via E-Tube App
- e-Tube allows for two SyncroShift modes, as well as button purpose customization
- Shift button controls can customize shift or compatible computer head unit control
- Finish: Levers- Black w/ textured rubber shifter pads
- Lever only: Front or Rear
- Weight: 180 grams