Magura x Edco Ergo Hydraulic Shift Levers Foreshadow What’s Coming

Edco Ergo Competition shift levers with integrated hydraulic road brakes

Big thanks to UK reader Alan Cook for sending in these images of the original Edco Ergo shifter levers with integrated Magura hydraulic road brake levers and center “push” calipers.

From the early nineties and designed around 8-speed Shimano Campagnolo cassettes, these weren’t on the market long and are currently getting a lot of interest on eBay and the like. The shifter amounts to not much more than a down tube shifter mounted at the top of the hoods with a fatter lever, making it impossible to shift from the drops, but showing that putting a hydraulic master cylinder inside a relatively normal size shifter lever isn’t all that hard to do.

As some commenters and pundits have suggested, combine a hydraulic brake with electronic shifting and you could very easily hack some buttons into the hoods…heck, Shimano’s remote pods that have found popularity on mountain bike mods could likely be integrated in pretty easily, placed where Campy’s thumb button is normally.

Edco Ergo Competition shift levers with integrated hydraulic road brakes

Edco Ergo Competition shift levers with integrated hydraulic road brakes

Edco Ergo Competition shift levers with integrated hydraulic road brakes

The left shifter will work with a triple chainring set up.

Comments

Atgani - 01/07/12 - 2:05pm

Anoraks corner – they were for CAMPAGNOLO 8 speed cassettes

Somewhere, I have the matching Edco branded rear mech – I’ll try and send you photos of that too

Mindless - 01/09/12 - 2:16pm

This will be awesome with a bad weather road singlespeed.

Mindless - 01/09/12 - 2:17pm

Disk brakes for the road – about frigging time.

coop - 01/10/12 - 4:41am

Good luck getting around the UCI and their old world thinking on this one.Because this is a great idea looong over due! Not to speak of the safety factor.

Zoltan - 05/20/13 - 2:53am

Hello, I have a pair of these EDCO shifter for sale. Brand new, never used, if anyone is interested.

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