New SRAM Force 22 — Why I’m Stoked on 2nd Best

New SRAM Force 22 — Why I’m Stoked on 2nd Best

REVIEW AVAILABLE: Read my full review of the Force 22 Groupset

Should I have my head examined? Well, some people might say yes, but I’m certainly not crazy. You see, at my core, I’m a very practical person. I drive a Subaru Outback (my 6th Subaru, actually), I try to repair things that my kids break and I enjoy maintaining my home (plumbing, framing, electrical, painting, etc.). That practicality rubs off when it comes to bikes — especially drivetrains.

While I drool (who doesn’t) over the latest SRAM Red and XX1 components, I welcome the trickle-down that comes with new model years and the relative affordability it provides. On that note, I’m a huge proponent of SRAM X.0 and I’m now championing the new SRAM Force 22. Yeah, I could talk all about the new SRAM Red 22 and the sweet new hydraulic rim and disc brakes. That’s a no-brainer.

But, I’m choosing to highlight the all-new SRAM Force 22 groupset. I mean, just check it out. With a fighting weight as low as 2140 grams, the carbon-clad Force 22 grouppo will set you back $1358. No, this is not pocket change, but for what you’re getting, I think it will prove itself to be the best bang-for-the-buck road group on the market.

Aside from the obvious stuff, like 11-speeds, the new front derailleur is very stoke-worthy. SRAM’s latest creation is called Yaw and allows the front derailleur to pivot inline with the chain for rub-free performance across the entire spectrum of gears. That means, even Fat Cyclist won’t have a leg to stand on the next time he scoffs at your cross-chain (take that, Fatty!).

2014 SRAM Force 22 Groupset

SRAM Force 22 Highlights

  • SIX BRAND NEW COMPONENTS: Shift/Brake Lever, Rear Derailleur, Front Derailleur, Crankset, Cassette and Chain.
  • 11-SPEED YAW FRONT DERAILLEUR: no trim, rub, or rasp – with chain spotter – and even lighter!
  • PG-1170 CASSETTE: seamless shifting now with a 16T!
  • HYDRAULIC BRAKES: available hydraulic rim and disc brakes
  • TRUE 22: twenty-two usable gears
  • AVAILABLE: August 2013
  • WEIGHT: 2140 grams (BB30, 172.5)
  • PRICE: $1358

Check out the official SRAM launch video for highlights of the new Red and Force 22 components:

More Info: Visit SRAM.com | View Launch PDF

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A Seattle native, Jason developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 --sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground. Follow Jason Mitchell on Google+.