When SRAM’s Red groupset was released in a 22-speed version, it was only a matter of time before that technology started to trickle down to the more cost conscious offerings. And we’re happy to report that the SRAM Force 22 Groupset has the same crisp shifting and sublime ergonomics that make Red so drool-worthy, without the top-of-the-line price tag.
The big story here is SRAM’s “True 22” drivetrain system, which was based around the idea that one should be able to use every gear in their drivetrain. The front derailleur is a key component in achieving this, as it’s been graced with Yaw technology, which allows it to pivot as it shifts, which moves the cage out of the chain’s path when the drivetrain is cross chained. The rear derailleur has a redesigned B-knuckle, which adds clearance for 28t cassettes. As ever, both are controlled by SRAM’s double tap shifting, which has a light shifting feel and precise gear changes.
The crankset retains a similar form to the 10-speed version, but the chainrings have been enhanced for delay-free gear changes, even under power. It’s a similar story when considering the cassette. Beyond adding another gear, the tooth profiles and gear spread have been carefully considered for lightning-fast shifts. The carbon fiber crank arms are highly efficient, and turn a super-stiff 24mm aluminum spindle. The brakes remain unchanged, and still produce gobs of clamping force thanks to the dual-pivot design. This kit includes an English threaded bottom bracket.
The SRAM Force 22 Groupset is available in three crank lengths, from 170mm, to 175mm, with either a compact 50/34, or standard 53/39 chainring configuration, and either an 11-25, or 11-28 cassette.