Proutster^you must have some super long thumbs to reach that.
Yes, it is a bit of a stretch and seeing the other photo above reminds me that it's not ideal. I think I need to swap it so that it's next to the grip.
Protected from what?
Peak District rocks when I crash... Wore a big chunk off the front of the shifter mount a couple of weeks ago and I'm pretty sure that the remote would've taken the brunt of the impact if it was on the top.
Plus (expects flaming and the re-awakening of an old topic) I'm guilty of flipping the bike upside down to carry out trail-side repairs (punctures etc.), so I think it'd get damaged then if was on top.