SRAM FORCE 2.2 GXP Crankset $315.95
Welcome to the big leagues.
What could possibly make the venerable SRAM FORCE crankset any better? Simple. How about new chainrings that go toe-to-toe with RED? If you're on this same wavelength, the FORCE 2.2 GXP Crankset is for you. Stiffer and more durable, the new RED-like PowerGlide chainrings put the 2.2 over the top and more ready than ever to race.
For the construction of the FORCE 2.2 crankset, SRAM continues its use of unidirectional carbon fiber on the arms and spider. The reasoning for this is simple -- it provides the stiffest, lightest, and most vibration-absorbent ride quality possible. When examining the load paths, SRAM found that the single-direction of the fibers transmit force with more clarity and less dissipation. So, when you drop the hammer, you're going to experience a clean and precise transfer of your energy to the rear wheel.
The Force 2.2 crankset has an integrated bottom bracket spindle to compliment the carbon for supreme drivetrain stiffness. It must be used with a GXP bottom bracket. And while you might think that every external bearing bottom bracket is the same, the GXP is a beast of its own. Rather than be loaded axially across the bearing set, the GXP design captures the left-side bearing while the right-side floats on the spindle. This orientation results in both an improved bearing life and a smoother rolling bottom bracket than other designs.
And new to the 2.2 iteration of FORCE, you can expect trickle-down, RED-like PowerGlide chainrings to enhance all of the characteristics above. These broad and stiff chainrings are the perfect mating to the 2.2's integrated, carbon fiber spider. They provide a stiff transfer of power while the gates and ramps ensure flawless shifting from ring to ring. Each aluminum ring has also been given a hard-anodized finish to guarantee longevity over multiple seasons. Compared to the prior generations of Force PowerGlide rings, there is no comparison.
The SRAM FORCE 2.2 GXP Crankset is available in both a compact 50/34t and standard 53/39t chainring configuration and in 170, 172.5, 175, and 177.5mm crankarm lengths. Please note that the crankset operates perfectly with a standard SRAM FORCE front derailleur, regardless of your ring configuration.