The first shifting component from Zipp Speed Weaponry, the new VukaR2C (Return to Center) aero shifter is, according to the company, a milestone in Zipp’s efforts to develop cockpit components that combine high performance aerodynamics with superior ergonomics.
The VukaR2C was previously announced as the RZR. The name has been changed to reflect its position in Zipp’s Vuka family of aerobars as well as the deployment of SRAM shift lever technology.
After setting the VukaR2C at the natural angle for the rider’s hand position, the shifter’s return-to-centre actuation resets the lever to its original angle after every shift, keeping the rider as low and as comfortable as possible.
Weighing just 180g per pair, the VukaR2C is also the first plug-in shifter designed with an aerodynamic profile that is claimed to save up to 6 seconds over 40km compared to a traditional TT lever.
The VukaR2C shifter was tested in Kona in 2008 and is Grand Tour proven. It is compatible with all aero bars and optimised for Zipp’s VukaShift extensions, which eliminate the shifter’s expansion bolt by allowing users to attach the shifting mechanism directly to the aero bar extension.
SRAM and Shimano versions are available.