SRAM Force 22 Front Derailleur $62.95
Yaw moves to Force.
One of the standout components that makes Force 22's drivetrain so intuitive is the front derailleur. The new groupset is dubbed 'True 22' as that's exactly how many useable and trim-free gears you receive with the new groupset. Force has now carried over many of the same innovative technology features of SRAM's top-end Red 22 group, but with an alternate graphic treatment and more manageable price tag.
The Force 22 Front Derailleur brings Red's innovative Yaw design to the 'True 22' system, calibrated to provide you with every gear combination possible -- without any chain rub and no trim necessary across all 22 gears. By borrowing from the principles of an aircraft's rotational movements across a single axis, yaw dictates fore and aft lateral movement, pitch is the opposing vertical movement, and roll is the definitive vertical lean, from one side of the axis to the other. Rather than simply moving back and forth across the singular plane like that of a conventional derailleur, the new Force Derailleur is designed to rotate—like an airplane—along its axis in conjunction with your shifts, preserving an optimal angular alignment with the chain at all times, no matter your gear combination. Because of this, the new SRAM Force 22 Derailleur has done away with the concept of front derailleur trim. This is a revolutionary design that actively maintains perfect chain alignment while still providing the crisp and punchy actuation that SRAM riders have grown accustomed to.
In the past, SRAM saw some of its sponsored riders using the original Force Front Derailleur with its stiffer and slightly heavier steel cage, which inspired better front shifting confidence under load. So for the new Force 22, SRAM has maintained that hybrid aluminum cage to preserve the gruppo's weight savings, but has added steel to the alloy blend to provide stiffer, more confident shifts. And as an added precaution, the included Chain Spotter can be elegantly mounted to the derailleur body without any detriment to weight or shifting precision, but the derailleur will function normally without it. Today, a chain keeper is the quintessential illustration of the old adage, 'better to have one and not need it, than need one and not have it.' It adjusts independently of the derailleur, so you'll only know it's there when summoned by a rough patch of road or possible errant shift.
The SRAM Force 22 Yaw Front Derailleur gets a cosmetic upgrade, complete with new laser-etched graphics and installation markers, and it is available in a brushed finish. Please note: Due to the redesigned pivots and change in cable pull, this derailleur is not compatible with previous generation SRAM Force Shifters. Also, the Force 22's profile is slightly narrower than the 10-speed version, meaning that it's optimized for use with SRAM X Glide R Chainrings and the complete Force 22 system. It is available in braze-on style.
What community has to say
Compatible with 10 speed
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have this set up with my 10 speed Rival shifters and Force crankset. No chainrub and great shifting. Far better than the usual SRAM shifting.