- SRAM Road Shifters – help!
Putting together my cross bike (after i stripped some bits off it for my road bike) and want to run SRAM double-tap shifters but know nothing about them.
I’ll need 10speed and will probably be buying second hand, so which models / generations should i be looking at?
Budget is about £100
Current Apex would be possible, but would i be better off getting older RED or other? I dont know what the differences/improvements there have been over the years so need some help!
Cheers,Posted 5 years ago
I’ll have a set of rivals for sale soonPosted 5 years ago
You’d want those =P
I’ve not used others, but I’ve got 10 speed Force on one bike and 11 speed Force on the other and I really like them.
If you’re going 10 speed and aren’t going single ring at the front then I would recommend getting a SRAM 11 speed front mech as they are much better than the 10 speed ones and they still work with 10 speed shifters. I could never get my Force 10 speed front mech working perfectly, whereas the new 11 speed Force mech has been easy to set up and faultless.Posted 5 years ago
I guess they don’t work well with MTB front mechs then, same as shimano?
Barry. I’ll buy your rival if you tell me why they are better than apex, force etc.Posted 5 years ago
They all pretty much work the same; you won’t get Red for £100, but maybe Force. Rival usually sells for about £70ish and works perfectly. I think the main difference between them all is the weight.Posted 5 years ago
I have 10 SPD rival – very good, and lighter than ultegra.Posted 5 years ago
They all pretty much work the same; you won’t get Red for £100, but maybe Force. Rival usually sells for about £70ish and works perfectly. I think the main difference between them all is the weight.
I’ve seen RED STI’s go for £100, but to be fair, they were snapped up in mere moments on a Facebook Group.
The only real difference between Apex/Rival/Force is weight (increasing levels of carbon replace aluminium as you go up the range), but when you get to RED you get a MUCH nicer hood shape (which is standard on all 11spd SRAM road groupsets) and a shorter/sharper throw of the lever. To be honest, I’ve ridden numerous 10spd SRAM groupsets, and they’re much of a muchness until you get to RED (which is sublime, and I run it on my own bike out of choice over and above Shimano and Campag).Posted 5 years ago
Cheers Mboy. That’s the sort of info I wanted, I guess that applies to any age of lever but I’ll prob stick to ones from the last few years anyway. Budget is £100 ish so would obv stretch of a good deal could be had.
Let’s see what I can find!Posted 5 years ago
Rival has the carbon levers, apex doesn’t. Makes a big difference in winter!!Posted 5 years ago
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