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.
- True 22-speed front derailleur
- Yaw derailleur trim technology
- Removable Chain Keeper
- Only compatible with SRAM 22 shifters