The latest and greatest offering from SRAM. SRAM listened to the feedback from their pro's and customers then went through their group and added the most advanced materials as well as mechanical improvements to optimize shifting performance, lower weight and quiet the drivetrain for this 2012-13 group.
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Rode Campy for years, switched to Shimano Ultegra on my next bike. Smooth, as expected, but the lever shift felt awkward. Rode a demo Trek Madone with SRAM Red and fell in love. Shifting if FAST and the double tap is a breeze to use. I also like the fact that there is no "Ratchet Clicking" from the rear when coasting. Just silence. Nice!
After riding Campy for several years (it came on the first bike I ever bought), I switched to SRAM, since they were a team sponsor. Shifts are crisp and fast, the lever ergonomics are spot on, braking performance is top-notch, and cassette spacing and splining is the same as Shimano, allowing the use of an incredibly wide range of wheels. The Double-Tap shifting did take a little getting used to, but I had it down pat after a couple rides. Shifts are a little louder and less smooth than on a Shimano rig, but they are significantly faster, and the lever throw is much much shorter than Campy or Shimano. Lever reach is also adjustable, though I personally have never played around with it. In short: hard to go wrong, no matter what SRAM group you choose!
Ive owned and ridden virtually every group out there. 8 speed Ultegra, 8 speed Dura Ace, 9 speed Dura Ace, 10 speed Dura Ace, and 10 speed Record.
This is by far the best of all the groups! If you want fast, smooth shifting and superior ergonomics, this is the way to go. This is a performance group though, so if you dont need maximum performance from your group, you dont need RED. The best part about this group is Speed Shifting or TT shifting from the drops. You can hold tight to the bar and still perform solid shifts, something you cant do with Shimano or Campy. If I were to improve this group the only thing Id give it would be a 6 click front derailleur system like Campy, but then that would slow it down, too. I guess you cant have it all.
Ive had Shimano Dura Ace for 10 years and decided to get rid of the bug antenae look and wanted to clean up with either Campy Record or Red. I made a mistake of going Record and rode it for 2 months and dumped it. I put Red on my bike and I have to say its the best grouppo of any that is avaliable currently. Its like Sram took the best from Shimano and Campy and made the ultimate grouppo. Shifts are definite, fast and smooth. The grip of the levers are the perfect size and allow you to lay down on them like Shimano, Record was horrible for laying down on. I love the Red so much I am now switching all my bikes to Sram Red. The Ride On Gore cable housing and cables are butter smooth and shows Sram did research to put together the best of the best materials for this system. The ceramic bearings of the Red are better than my after market Ceramic Speed pulleys and bottom bracket for my Dura Ace system. The price of Red is high for a reason. The quality is above Shimano and Campy for su