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SRAM releases new Red group details

Published February 1, 2012

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) Feb 1, 08:28 MT — SRAM's new Red group will be available next month and will have a suggested retail price of 1899.99 euro ($2,500). The company released details of the update to its top of the line road group to the media in Mallorca on Wednesday.

The group includes six redesigned components: the shifters, front and rear derailleurs, brakes, cranks and cassette. The group also has a new "Falcon Gray" and black finish. It is a claimed 100 grams lighter than the 2011 Red group.

The shifters have claimed improvements in comfort resulting from an improved transition from handlebar to hoods, a new grip texture on the hoods and a lever reach adjustment.

The rear derailleur has "AeroGlide" jockey wheels said to offer silent performance. A new cage and body design improves cassette clearance.

The front derailleur rotates to align with the chain, eliminating the need for shifter trim, a feature SRAM calls Yaw. It also includes an integrated Chain Spotter to prevent chaindrop.

The new Powerdome X cassette is said to be quieter and lighter than its predecessor. The eight cogs in the middle are machined from a single block of steel. A StealthRing elastomer between the cogs reduces vibration and noise.

The new Exogram crankset is completely hollow all the way to the spider. Its hidden bolt pattern is said to improve stiffness and shed weight. The new X Glide chainrings are optimized for use with the Yaw technology in the front derailleur.

The new brakeset has improved aerodynamics and modulation.

SRAM's power-measuring option, integrated with the crank, is lighter and has improved clearance for oversized frames and aerodynamic chainrings. Integrated electronics minimize interconnections and reduce exposure to the element.

Finally, the new PC 1091R chain features more heavily chamfered outer plates for improved shifting and quieter running.
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