New 2012 – 2013 SRAM Red – First Look

New 2012 - 2013 SRAM Red

SRAM has officially lifted the covers on details for the new Red group . . . and it looks pretty impressive. I won’t go into a lot of detail here – check out Peloton for a great write-up on the new group. However, I feel obligated to give some early impressions of the new group since my review of the original SRAM Red group has been viewed by almost 50,000 roadies – so here are a few highlights:

  • Almost 1/2 pound lighter than the current Red system (and 1 lb lighter than Shimano Di2) – Awesome.
  • Quieter operation – Awesome.
  • More powerful and aerodynamic brakes – Awesome.
  • Dramatically lighter crank based on the Zipp Vuma Quad cranks – Awesome.
  • Better shifting front derailleur – Awesome.
  • YAW auto-trim feature – Awesome.

I’m about to do a new bike build (more details to come) and was thinking that I would make the jump to electronic shifting. The details and early ride reports on the new Red has me rethinking which grouppo to run. Maybe the folks at SRAM would be kind enough to send me a group to do a full run down?

The rate of innovation in the cycling world right now is pretty impressive. Must make it fun for folks like . . . this week must have been like their Super Bowl.

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