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Item # SRM0521

Yaw now reaches to 11.

While SRAM's Yaw technology was arguably the most defining attribute of the 2012 re-introduction of Red, the 11th gear makes this claim with the new Red 22 group. But that doesn't mean the front derailleur gets bumped to the back burner with the new group -- quite the opposite. The Red 22 Front Derailleur brings this 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.

So what exactly is SRAM's Yaw technology, and how does it apply to their new Red 22 Front Derailleur? 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 Red 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 Red 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 heavier Force Front Derailleur with its stiffer and slightly heavier steel cage that inspired better front shifting confidence under load. So for the new Red 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, a possible errant shift, or a completely unfortunate stroke of misfortune at the hands of cycling's powers-that-be.

The SRAM Red 22 Yaw Front Derailleur gets a slight cosmetic upgrade in some new laser-etched graphics and installation markers, and is available in a brushed, gunmetal finish. Please bear in mind that due to the redesigned pivots and change in cable pull, this derailleur is not compatible with previous generation SRAM Red Shifters. Also, the Red 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 Red 22 system. It is available in braze-on style.

  • Yaw technology
  • Aluminum, steel construction
  • Slim spring design (reduces frame interference)
  • Optimized for SRAM's X Glide R Chainring, Red 22 11-Speed groupset
  • Integrated chain spotter
  • Precision alignment markings

Tech Specs

[outer cage] aluminum, [inner cage] tool steel, [tail] composite
Pull Type:
Actual Weight:
One Color, BRAZE-ON: 69g
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Avg. ride time: 2h 41m per week
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PITA to set up

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Don't play with the factory set limits on the initial install, or it is a serious bear to get right. Honestly not better than the 4 trim options that DA 9000 came out with, but it does work better than the 10 speed previous gen FD. Sram red 22 is dead on perfect except for the FD.

Would this replace an apex dérailleur?

This will work on any sram 2x11 speed system. I think the apex was 10 speed so i don't think this will work.

What if my frame (IBIS Hak disc.) needs a...

What if my frame (IBIS Hak disc.) needs a band type der. but this one only comes in braze-on?

Best Answer

I am sorry to say that James is mistaken and you are certainly not SOL. You will just need to purchase a braze on clamp/adapter , size 34.9 based on your Ibis spec. SRM0062 would be a great option for you. K-Edge also makes some great braze on adapters in different colors, but I show we are currently out of stock on the 34.9.

Please let us know if you have any other questions and sorry for the miss-information.

Best front SRAM yet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Along with the 22-speed group, this derailleur far exceeds the first generation SRAM products. Looks awesome - almost like an exquisite science project :) Best way to set-up, is to use the line on the top of the cage. Also, this one works best with lots (and lots) of cable tension. Ridden >1500 miles on this so far, without one drop, no hangups what soever - haven't needed to adjust once so far. * you can also use the new 22 front with the last generation 10-speed left hand shifter - nice to know :)