SRAM Force Shifters $495.95
RED shifting at Force prices
As the saga of SRAM Force continues to be written, we can't help but notice how close to parallel its story has becomes with Red. Dedicated carbon levers, titanium hardware, DoubleTap, Exact Actuation, Zero Loss -- the list goes on and on. When examining features like weight and precision, the question begs to be asked -- is there a better component value on the market? The SRAM Force Shifters responds with a resounding voice -- No.
Just like the previous iteration of Force, these levers have lots of top-shelf features once only the province of SRAM Red DoubleTap, like SRAM's Zero Loss shifting and the ability to trim the front derailleur. You can also run both the brake and shifter cables along the front of your handlebar, and with SRAM's reach adjustment feature, you can customize the lever reach to the size of your hands.
At heart, DoubleTap boils down to three key parts in the shifter: A transport pawl, a holding pawl, and a spool. In short, when you engage the magnesium shift lever that sits behind the dedicated, carbon fiber brake lever, the following occurs: The transport pawl leaps over the holding pawl, and with the help of the spool, it pulls (or releases) 3mm of cable per shift. Once you've completed the shifting motion, the holding pawl then holds the cable in place. As you probably know, you push the same lever for both up-shifts and down-shifts. A small push of the lever releases cable to put you down into your sprinting gears, and a bigger push pulls cable to move you up into your climbing gears. It couldn't be more simple or elegant.
There are a few practical details worth mentioning. You can go up your cassette into climbing gears a maximum of three gears per shift. You can go down your cassette into the sprinting gears only one gear per shift. One highlight of DoubleTap, though, is that it permits you to do what SRAM phrases as 'Sprint Shifting.' While gripping your handlebars in the drops, you can hold the right-side shift lever against the bar and downshift with a short, quick flick of your wrist. Unlike Shimano or Campy, you don't have to peel your fingers off the bar during a hairy field sprint to shift to your 11. Instead, you can keep your hands securely on the bars while making sure you're in a big enough gear.
One other small design feature is that when you shift, the lever doesn't move strictly right-to-left in the lateral plane. Rather, it sweeps 15 degrees inward towards the head tube of your frame. This action makes the shifting motion mirror the natural inward curvature of your hand. It's a little thing that goes a long way in terms of comfort and shifting precision. Also, the lever is positioned close to your bar in order to minimize user-force on the lever and to further optimize this 15 degree sweep.
Force shifters have no external cables, so they look as beautiful as they feel, while maximizing aerodynamics. They come with a full cable and housing for both derailleurs and brakes. Given the design of DoubleTap shifting, please note that SRAM recommends that you use a complete SRAM drivetrain, including both derailleurs, cassette, chain, and crankset in order to optimize shift quality.
The SRAM Force Shifters is available in one size and in one color. The pair of shifters tip the scales around 302 grams without cables.
What community has to say
Item # SRM0477 are these 11 speed...
Item # SRM0477 are these 11 speed shifters
Nada, my friend. These here are 10 speed shifters
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Well I loved my Rival shifters and now with converting my whole drivetrain on my Orca to Force I had to get the Force shifters of course. Installed and adjusted the reach and I could not believe the how much more crisp the shifts are as compared to Rival which was good. More positive and tight than before! What a great upgrade this was for sure. I could go on and talk a bunch of tech talk but folks.............if your looking to upgrade your 10 speed drivetrain start here! Now I will admit it may just be the whole sync thing with it all being Force now but whatever it is the system runs great and we all know that gear changing is a must have to enjoy riding. So for the price of the Force as compared to Rival it is a no brainer. Now I got my set from a personal buy brand new they never installed or used. So I paid even less than what most businesses sell the set for. I got lucky I guess. But even at mid to high $300's it is worth it. Compliment it with the Force crankset and your in business. My setup is Force FD; medium cage WiFli RD; 2.2 Force crankset BB30 system; and now the shifters. Running a SRAM PC 1091R chain too. Shimano ss shift cable as well.
SRAM Shifting FTW
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
From the first time I test rode a SRAM-equipped bike, things just made sense.
--Superb ergonomics; long rides are nice and comfy.
--Shifting and braking each get their own lever, which means you can shift without risking a brake feather, and brake without accidentally shifting.
--Adjustable lever reach, for those who have fingers of a length other than average.
--"Sprint Shifting," which allows for shifting into a smaller rear cog while gripping your drops; especially nice in a hardcore sprint.
--Only compatible with SRAM drivetrain parts (no surprise there)
--Once you're used to the Double Tap shifters, going back to Shimano (especially on a suddenly steep climb) can result in hilarious shifting mistakes. Ask me how I know this.
If you're in the drivetrain market, SRAM certainly deserves a look. In my opinion it's the best shifting on the market.
Cant beat SRAM Shifting
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
My first bike had Shimano shifters and I never liked the little lever big lever thing. Yes you can get used to it and have it becomes second nature I just didnt like it and trying to explain it to a new rider was never simple and straight forward. not to mention grabbing the breaks and having the break lever flop around since its also a shift lever.
None of these problems exist with SRAM, the nice integration of an inteligent ratchet system within the shifter cuts down the levers to just 1, very easy to learn, 1 click opps wrong way keep going. I upgraded to rival and after several seasons went with force on my new bike.
Say goodbye to Shimano
I love the double tap system of SRAM shifters. They are super lightweight and extremely precise. What else can you ask for?