Now shifting you smoothly across 11 cogs.
SRAM now delivers 22 gears with its new Force groupset. It's called 'True 22,' as the 11-speed drivetrain allows you to utilize every one of these gears, in any combination, without adding any weight to the already outstanding Force drivetrain system. The Force 22 Rear Derailleur stands in as an integral component of the new groupset, calibrated for 11 speeds using the same innovative technologies that have made its Red group an industry leader when it comes to exact, predictable shifting under the world's most demanding riding conditions.
When SRAM first introduced its groundbreaking 10-speed Red component group, the heart of the design was 1:1 Exact Actuation technology. This means that with each shift the derailleur pulls the same exact length of cable, regardless of what gear you're in. 1:1 is simple to set up, it stays in adjustment longer, and it provides laser-accurate shifting. This advancement sent competitors scrambling to one-up SRAM. Its engineers didn't buy the hype, and instead they put massive efforts into improving their 10-speed drivetrain. The result is that the new Force 22 Rear Derailleur benefits more directly from the lessons learned over the life of Red than if SRAM were to start from scratch. Today, they've built from that 10-speed foundation, bumping the number of gears to 11. For us, in addition to the added gearing, we receive even tighter shifts than before as we now have smaller gaps between cogs.
SRAM's new Force 22 Rear Derailleur now incorporates a longer upper knuckle than the previous version, which easily clears 28-tooth cogs without issue. It's made of incredibly stiff forged aluminum to resist flex, which helps to maintain perfect gear alignment. The inner carbon/aluminum pulley cage was also revamped to resist flex, increasing rigidity for precise gear changes.
The pulleys of the Force 22 Rear Derailleur were the main focus for SRAM engineers during the development of the new group, which now adopt the once-Red-exclusive AeroGlide Pulley System. SRAM optimized the jockey wheel's profile so that the chain will glide more efficiently over the tooth profile as it threads through the cage. This helped silence a notably noisy drivetrain and enhanced chain movement across the cassette. Adding to this, SRAM's R&D team developed an elastomer coating to further quell pulley noise. The SRAM Force 22 Rear Derailleur also received a new spring-fixed barrel adjuster for incremental cable adjustment and durability against impact.
Given the mechanics of DoubleTap shifting paired to the new 11-speed calibration, please note that SRAM recommends that you use a complete SRAM Force 22 groupset, including shifters, both derailleurs, cassette, chain, and crankset.
- 1:1 Exact Actuation technology
- AeroGlide pulley system
- SRAM 11-speed compatibility
- Short cage
- Aluminum, carbon fiber, and magnesium construction