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Description

Borrowing the best of Red.

SRAM once again made its signature leap by creating the new Force group with a 'True 22' shifting system. Force now carries an 11-speed drivetrain that provides 22 useable and trim-free gears, combined with the functionality and beautiful aesthetics of SRAM's flagship Red group. We tip our hats to SRAM, as its engineers have successfully carried over the best attributes of its top-end Red group, at a price that's within reach of a greater number of cycling enthusiasts.

For the new Force 22 groupset, the shifters were completely overhauled, now wearing the same hood and lever shape as the current Red 22/Ergo Dynamic Shifters. The new shifters also borrow the same durable, reliable internals that have made Red the preferred componentry choice for many pro tour teams. Force 22 hoods are now practically identical to Red's, aside from the stealthy gray-on-black graphic treatment.

SRAM carried over the ErgoFit bodies and internals of its Red Ergo Dynamic Shifters, with the exception of them now being built with an 11th indent. In designing the shifters for Red, SRAM focused its research and development on perfecting their shape, texture, and materials. The new ErgoFit bodies are somewhat smaller in diameter when compared side-to-side with the original Force. This improves grip and finger wrap by allowing more room under the hood for a control- and comfort-boosting connection. The new shape offers a smooth transition from bar to hood and SRAM covered it with lightly padded, textured rubber to thwart fatigue and enhance grip. They also reshaped the hoods, increasing the size of the bulge up top for increased leverage and comfort when you're stretched out, putting extra pressure on the hoods.

Because the internals carry over, or have been slightly modified to fit the new body, the Force 22 levers retain the crisp movement between gears SRAM mastered with the first-generation Red. The key to this is SRAM's ZeroLoss and DoubleTap technologies. DoubleTap technology allows shifting both up and down the cassette from a single lever -- this provides an intuitive connection between body and bike. ZeroLoss is an optimized pawl geometry to provide cable actuation as soon as you apply pressure to the shift lever. This offers the highest-level of smoothness and response in both upshifting and downshifting. It’s especially noticeable as you shift from the small to the big ring.

While the guts were good, racer beta and other feedback encouraged SRAM to enhance both the brake lever and shifter paddle’s shape and position. The improved, larger carbon shift paddle makes the act of shifting less of an effort. When you're at max power, shifting from the drops can sometimes feel overwhelming. Another new feature for Force is that the carbon fiber brake and shift levers are independently reach-adjustable; easy access to the adjustment screws allows simple placement of these essential controls, where they’ll offer a custom connection to your hands.

One of the most appreciated features of SRAM shifters is their innovative cable routing, and the Force 22 Shifters continue that tradition. You can cleanly route the shift cables either on the inside or the outside of the bars. Regardless of your handlebar choice, you won't need to fret about being required to run cables in one single way. You can choose the routing that meets your preference in bar-feel.

The SRAM Force 22 Shifters come with a low-friction cable and housing kit for both derailleurs. Given the mechanics of DoubleTap shifting and the 11-speed calibration, please note that SRAM recommends that you use a complete SRAM Force 22 groupset, including both derailleurs, cassette, chain, and crankset.

  • Zero Loss pawl geometry
  • Improved ErgoFit shifter bodies
  • Carbon fiber shift paddles
Tech SpecsWeight
Tech Specs
Material
[brake lever] carbon fiber, [shift lever] aluminum, [hoods] textured rubber
Type
2x11-speed
Crankset Compatibility
SRAM 11-speed
Compatible Components
SRAM 11-Speed
Recommended Use
cyclocross, road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years
Weight

Actual Weight

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Grams

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One Color, One Size
344g
12.13oz

Claimed Weight

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307 g

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Force 22 is awesome

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This review is for the Force 22 shifters but also for the group set as a whole. I ride a 2012 Specialized Roubaix SL2. Stock group was Apex. After 5 years I figured it was about time to change stuff out so I took the opportunity to upgrade to Force 22....everything....cranks, cassette, derailleurs, shifters, BB, chain (except brakes....already had some nice brakes)

In short, what a huge difference in the bike!! Shifting is so crisp and smooth with very little effort. The shifter hoods are thinner and just feel so much better than the Apex. The lever throws seem more ergonomical....the motion follows the natural motion of your finger as you push the lever over.
I really like the yaw of the front derailleurr. The Apex had the "half step" that was required to keep the chain from rubbing the derailleur. Once you get used to using that, it wasn't bad, but real nice now not to have to bother with it.
The Force 22 is supposed to be a "true 22", I guess meaning that all gears are usable, even when cross chaining. I can say this is true....works as advertised.
Changing from Apex to Force 22 shaved 1.1 pounds off the weight of the bike as measured from before and after weights.
I guess my only minor gripe would be the installation instructions on the Sram website were not great for the derailleurs. But the Sram and some other videos on You Tube were helpful.

Overall, very impressed with this stuff!!

All day

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recommend going with force anyway. It feels great. It isn't much heavier than red, so it why spend the extra money? I love the feel of the sram stuff. Not to mention the company is awesome to deal with if something goes wrong. I switched over from Ultegra, as I like the feel of double tap more.

Avg. ride time: 1h 58m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Like Buttah, Only Bettah

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

MmMmmMmm! I am loving these shifters!

These shifters have been flawless! I built up a new road bike last month and these were the cherry on top of my swanky new rig. What's that saying about something performing so well you don't notice it? Well, that's been true for these shifters for me. My first bike was jenky to say the least, and I have been SO STOKED to ride the new one with these at the helm.

For me, the levers are a bit huge, being an average-heighted lady-person with smallish hands. Even so, they perform super well and I am incredibly pleased!

Avg. ride time: 9h 26m per week
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Does this include both front and rear shifters?
Is this mechanical brakes?

this is for the set/both shifters and they are mechanical

Beautiful Carbon!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been a long time user of the first-gen SRAM Rival and have quite enjoyed those. Having switched over to these new shifters I have mixed opinions.



Functionally these are a SUPER welcome upgrade with crisp shifting and smooth braking. I have adjusted the reach such that grabbing the levers in the drops is nowhere near a problem.



My opinions (and yes they are opinions) about the grips are that the more narrow profile is nice but the taller bump profile is a little awkward for me. I'm hoping I get used to it, but I had adjusted really well to the old style.



Overall I can't fault the shifters for anything. They work under any situation I've thrown at them and they've never let me down. Great product

CLACK! ClickCLACK!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a long time Shimano user and switching to SRAM was noisy! But not in a bad way! My older 105 shifters are very quiet through their motion, with a very subtle engagement. These Force 22s are VERY positive and very firm in their action. Very different but not worse - just something to be aware of.



DoubleTap is great except for the feedback at the very top of the cassette - when you are out of gears the shift action requires that you press and hold until it releases. If you don't wait long enough or press hard enough you get an unintended upshift which can be bad! This differs from the Shimano that just "locks" the lever and doesn't allow it to move.



This is a very personal preference but I don't love the shape of the hoods and I feel like the cables aren't as buried as they could be - you can still feel them through the material. You may not notice it...



Overall performance is excellent. Great mechanicals and a very solid feel. Also the best levers I've used yet with good range of adjustability on the shift lever.

Light and effective!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These shifter are second nature to me after the first ride! I come from Shimano shifting and the ability to have no chain rub, smooth shifting, fast shifting is excellent. Having been used to electronic shifting previous this group is an equivalent. I have had zero problems and utilize the Yokozuna shift/brake cables. I am now a Sram fan with the new 22!