SRAM unveils its Red 22 11-speed hydraulic, mechanical group

Full details released

This article was originally posted on BikeRadar.

SRAM will go 11-speed with new SRAM Red 22 and Force 22 road groupsets, with hydraulic rim and hydraulic disc brakes as options for the top-end group. For those wanting to add hydraulic brakes to an existing 10-speed system, SRAM announced new S-700 hydraulic levers that can be paired to S-700 hydraulic rim or disc calipers and any 10-speed SRAM group.

Prices and weights of all components are listed at the bottom of this article. SRAM can already claim to be the lightest and cheapest (in most countries) top-end 11-speed group.

SRAM claim all the new 11-speed groups to be "trim-free", meaning you can use the full width of the cassette on either chain ring without adjusting the front derailleur or getting chain rub on the derailleur cage. In all cassette options from 11-25 to 11-28, what’s new is the 16-tooth cog, which makes for single-tooth differences from the 11 up to the 17. An 11-32 WiFli option will also be available.

BikeRadar tested all the new Red 22 groups over a few days and a few thousand vertical feet in California. Be sure to read our first ride review of the Red 22 hydraulic group with rim brakes after reading the details on each group below. Reviews of the Red 22 mechanical group and the Red 22 hydraulic group with disc brakes will come tomorrow.

SRAM Red 22: first top end group to include hydraulic braking

With Red 22, SRAM has planted its flag as the first major component company with an integrated hydraulic brake road group. While Shimano and Campagnolo have continued to expand their electronic shifting offerings, SRAM has stayed the course with mechanical shifting across the board.

With Red 22 mechanical, SRAM has also notched the claim to the lightest and (in most markets) least expensive top-end 11-speed group of the Big Three. A complete Red 22 mechanical group weighs a claimed 1,747g, compared to 1,885g for Campagnolo’s Super Record and 2,016g for Shimano’s Dura-Ace 9000.

Red 22 shares a Yaw front derailleur, rear derailleur, crank options — including an integrated Quarq power meter — cassette options and chain across the mechanical and hydraulic configurations.

The Red 22 mechanical shifters are quite similar to current Red 2012 in ergonomics and function, with the exception of course being the 11th indent. The rest of the mechanical group follows suit: it's Red 2012 technology tuned for 11-speed.

The Red 22 hydraulic shifter is largely identical to the mechanical shifter with the exception of the extended upper hood body that houses the hydraulic cylinder.

Designed to work with any wheel and any caliper-brake road frame, the Red 22 Hydro R caliper harnesses the power and modulation of a hydraulic system in a relatively svelte package. At a quick glance, the Hydro R calipers might not leap out visually for someone not looking for them. The Red 22 Hydro R disc brakes, however, are a substantial departure for road bicycles, requiring purpose-built frames and disc wheels. Both are fully sealed systems, which SRAM claims will prevent contamination and deterioration over time.

The Hydro R disc calipers us 19mm front and 18mm rear pistons, with 160mm rotors that SRAM says are required for road use, or 140mm rotors for cyclo-cross.

The Hydro R rim calipers have a quick release and a barrel adjuster, lending familiarity in feel and function with mechanical calipers. The disc calipers, however, have no tool-free adjustment option.

Both are open systems, which means the brake fluid can expand from heat without affecting brake performance.

For their proclaimed benefits, the hydraulic systems also add weight, about 104g for the Hydro R rim system and 463g for the Hydro R disc, when you take into account the rotors and the additional weight of the wheel for the latter. Arguably, the frames could also increase in weight to account for the additional stability required at the fork leg and rear triangle.

SRAM Force 22 does not have any hydraulic options. The mechanical 11-speed group receives all the functionality of the Red 22 mechanical group, with slightly heavier materials and a lower cost.

The Red 22 and Force 22 components are not compatible with SRAM’s 10-speed groups.

10-speed hydraulic options

For those wanting to add hydraulic braking to an existing 10-speed group, however, SRAM will have the S-700 hydraulic levers, road calipers and disc calipers. This is not a complete group.

While SRAM says it will work with any SRAM 10-speed group, it will work best with a 2012 Red group that has a Yaw front derailleur because of the two-position left shifter. (Many front derailleurs have trim options to adjust the front derailleur in addition to shifting between the small and large chain rings.)

Prices and weights

Red 22 Mechanical

RED 22 Shift/Brake Levers  € 556 £499.99 $625 280g (pair) 
RED 22 Front Derailleur (Chain spotter included) € 128 £114.99 $144 69g (Braze-on) 10g (Chain spotter) 
RED 22 Short Cage Rear Derailleur  € 333 £299.99 $375 145g 
RED 22 Crankset GXP (BB not included) € 420 £379.99 $472 609g 
RED 22 Crankset BB30 (BB not included) € 460 £415.99 $517 557g 
RED Quarq 22 Power Meter GXP (BB not included) € 1,845 £1,599.99 $2,045 778g 
RED Quarq 22 Power Meter BB30 (BB not included) € 1,890 £1,649.99 $2,095  -  
BB GXP (Ceramic) € 196 £189.99 $220 105g 
BB BB30 (Ceramic Bearings) € 196 £189.99 $220 53g 
RED Aero Link Brake Calipers € 327 £299.99 $368 240g 
Cassette XG-1190 (11-25) € 312 £284.99 $351 151g 
RED 22 Chain PC (114 links) € 56 £49.99 $63 242g 
 Complete group (with GXP cranks):             €2,328 £2,120 $2,618 1,747g 

Red 22 hydraulic parts

Post Spacer Set - 20 S (Front 180/Rear 160) € 18 £14.99 $20  
Post Spacer Set XX - 20 S (Front 180/Rear 160) € 47 £39.99 $53  
IS Bracket - 0 IS (Front 160/Rear 140)  € 18 £14.99 $20  
Disc Brake Pads Stainless/Sintered, SRAM Road (1 set) € 23 £19.99 $26  
HS1 Rotor 140mm or 160mm € 39 £34.99 $44  
HSX Rotor 140mm or 160mm (includes Ti rotor bolts) € 64 £59.99 $72  
Disc Brake Hydraulic Hose Kit SRAM Road Black 2000mm € 39 £33.99 $44  
RED 22 Hydro R Disc shifter and caliper (Rotor & Bracket sold separately) - Front or Rear  €499 £429.99 $561 449g (per wheel: shifter, caliper, hose, 160mm rotor  
RED 22 Hydro R Rim shifter and caliper - Front or Rear  €430 £389.99 $484387g (per wheel: lever, caliper, 600mm hose) 

S-700 Hydraulic Shifters and Brakes

Shifter and Hydraulic Disc Brake (Rotor & Bracket sold separately) - Front or Rear  €354 £294.99 $398495g (per wheel: lever, caliper, hose, 160mm HSX rotor)
Shifter and Hydraulic Rim Brake Rear Shift Rear Brake  - Front or Rear  €254 £232.99 $286422g (per wheel: lever, caliper, 600mm hose)

Force 22 Mechanical

Shift/Brake Lever Set Force22 11-speed Rear Yaw Front € 417 £379.99 $469 307g (pair) 
Front Derailleur Force22 Yaw Braze-on with Chain Spotter € 56 £54.99 $63 79g (Braze-on) 10.2g (Chain spotter) 
Rear Derailleur Force22 Short Cage 11-speed € 105 £109.99 $118 178g 
Crank Set Force 22 GXP € 285 £259.99 $321 820.8g 
Crank Set Force 22 BB30  € 321 £292.99 $361 755.5g 
BB GXP € 33 £29.99 $37 105g 
BB BB30 € 33 £29.99 $37 53g 
Brake Set Force Front & Rear € 160 £149.99 $180 280g 
Cassette PG-1170  € 100 £90.99 $113 231g 
Chain PC 1170  € 51 £44.99 $57 256g
Complete group (with GXP cranks):         €1,207 £1,121 $1,358 2149.7g 

Check back soon for reviews of SRAM Red 22 components.

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