New automatic shifting system could completely transform the way you ride

ProShift automatically changes gear to make sure you're at the best possible cadence

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If you've ever found yourself inconvenienced by having to continuously change gear when riding on rolling terrain, then ProShift could put an end to your woes with its automatic shifting system that changes gear on its own to make sure that you're always riding at optimum cadence.

The system, which we first saw as a prototype last year, is compatible with the Shimano Di2, SRAM eTap, and Campagnolo EPS electronic groupsets, with shifting controlled by a head unit that is connected to the groupset. This head unit then takes your riding data (speed, cadence, heart rate and wattage) to determine your optimum cadence, and then shifts into the appropriate gear.

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Not only does this mean that you don't have to think about changing gears, but Baron Controls, the company behind ProShift, says that it could help with your training, adjusting your gear selection to make sure that you always stay at the correct power if you're doing structured intervals.

The system knows when to shift using its own "proprietary algorithms", although there is always the option to override the automatic shifting for 20 seconds if you want to change gear on your own accord. ProShift can also be tweaked for your own needs and desires by creating user profiles.

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ProShift is available to pre-order through the company's website (opens in new tab) from $799 (approx. £650) with the price varying a little depending on the setup your choose (road, time trial, mountain bike etc.) and the groupset that you want to connect it to.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.