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New road goodies from SRAM

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The SRAM Rival group

The SRAM Rival group
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New SRAM TT offerings

New SRAM TT offerings
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This is perhaps the OG-1090 cassette's best side.

This is perhaps the OG-1090 cassette's best side.
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Zipp now offers a SRAM-compatible version

Zipp now offers a SRAM-compatible version
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The Zipp SL bar is still just 165g

The Zipp SL bar is still just 165g
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Zipp will carry on as SRAM's high-end wheel line

Zipp will carry on as SRAM's high-end wheel line
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The SRAM Rival group has received substantial upgrades for the coming year, not the least of which includes carbon fiber brake lever blades.

The SRAM Rival group has received substantial upgrades for the coming year, not the least of which includes carbon fiber brake lever blades. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The new Rival DoubleTap levers receive a lot of Red features, including the adjustable reach.

The new Rival DoubleTap levers receive a lot of Red features, including the adjustable reach. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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All Rival cranks will now be hollow-forged. The 2-D forged solid-armed version will disappear.

All Rival cranks will now be hollow-forged. The 2-D forged solid-armed version will disappear. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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All Rival components will get a new gloss black finish.

All Rival components will get a new gloss black finish. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Rival brake calipers are unchanged save for the new look.

Rival brake calipers are unchanged save for the new look. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Force levers get the same Red-like shape updates as Rival.

Force levers get the same Red-like shape updates as Rival. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The Red crankset will now be available in a BB30-compatible version.

The Red crankset will now be available in a BB30-compatible version. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The larger diameter now means that a lighter aluminum spindle can be used instead of steel while still increasing stiffness.

The larger diameter now means that a lighter aluminum spindle can be used instead of steel while still increasing stiffness. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Specialized may not actively say that its integrated crankset-equipped frames use the BB30 standard, but this should be all the proof you need.

Specialized may not actively say that its integrated crankset-equipped frames use the BB30 standard, but this should be all the proof you need. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The OG-1090 PowerDome cassette begins life as a 10lb ingot of steel before it's chewed up by a CNC machine.

The OG-1090 PowerDome cassette begins life as a 10lb ingot of steel before it's chewed up by a CNC machine. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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This is perhaps the OG-1090 cassette's best side.

This is perhaps the OG-1090 cassette's best side. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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New flat bar road shifters use the DoubleTap single lever actuation method. The 10 speed-compatible version also includes some carbon bits.

New flat bar road shifters use the DoubleTap single lever actuation method. The 10 speed-compatible version also includes some carbon bits. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The 9 speed-compatible DoubleTap flat bar road shifter, however, might prove particularly interesting. We're already wondering when someone will pair it with the new 11-28T OG-1090 cassette and a 1:1 (i.e. Shimano) rear derailleur for an ultralight MTB setup.

The 9 speed-compatible DoubleTap flat bar road shifter, however, might prove particularly interesting. We're already wondering when someone will pair it with the new 11-28T OG-1090 cassette and a 1:1 (i.e. Shimano) rear derailleur for an ultralight MTB setup. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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New SRAM TT offerings include the aluminum-levered TT 500 shifter and brake lever.

New SRAM TT offerings include the aluminum-levered TT 500 shifter and brake lever. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Zipp now offers a SRAM-compatible version of its integrated chicane aero bar extensions.

Zipp now offers a SRAM-compatible version of its integrated chicane aero bar extensions. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The Zipp SL bar is still just 165g but is now offered in a short and shallow or traditional round bend in addition to the standard ergo drop.

The Zipp SL bar is still just 165g but is now offered in a short and shallow or traditional round bend in addition to the standard ergo drop. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The Zipp SLC2 bar adds just 20g but is compatible with clip-on aero bars.

The Zipp SLC2 bar adds just 20g but is compatible with clip-on aero bars. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The Contour carries on with its ergonomically shaped tops.

The Contour carries on with its ergonomically shaped tops. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Zipp will carry on as SRAM's high-end wheel line, but it won't be long before we see the SRAM logo on near-high to mid-priced wheels (this one's just a sticker).

Zipp will carry on as SRAM's high-end wheel line, but it won't be long before we see the SRAM logo on near-high to mid-priced wheels (this one's just a sticker). (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)

On Show: Sea Otter Classic, April 19, 2008

Red features trickle down to Force and Rival, new BB30 options

Much as we figured would happen, SRAM has taken some of the features introduced on its range-topping Red road component group and trickled it down to Rival and Force.

Nearly all of the upgrades have been applied to DoubleTap levers across the board; Force and Rival now get the same shift paddle and brake lever blade shaping as Red in addition to independently adjustable reach for both. Both lever bodies will also offer dual-position cable routing for the derailleur housing and the front shifter has been enhanced with new Zero Loss internals and a big ring trim position which supercedes the original inner ring trim. Rival also gets a carbon fiber brake lever blade.

Rival receives the most attention from SRAM this year as the rest of the group has been freshened, too. In addition to the aforementioned lever changes, the crankarms are now offered in the lighter and stiffer OCT hollow-forged variety exclusively and all components will be covered in a gloss black finish.

The new versions of Force and Rival will begin shipping around late spring or early summer. Pricing for Rival remains the same as last year at US$919 but Force has now dropped to US$1,399 for the complete group. Even with the price drop, though, Rival's substantial performance upgrades (not to mention the new look) may make it even harder to justify Force's extra cost.

Red isn't untouched either, though, as SRAM introduced a much-welcomed BB30 option for its carbon crankset. In addition to dropping about 100g relative to the standard threaded version, pedal stance width decreases and heel clearance is dramatically improved. Stiffness and bearing life are also said to increase substantially.

For the '09 season, the OG-1090 cassette will gain versatile 11-25T and 11-28T sizes.

On the time trial and triathlon side of things, SRAM has expanded its product range with three new items. The 500 TT shifters and brake levers are essentially the same as the top-end carbon offerings that were introduced early last year with the exception of aluminum levers for both. As a result, both 500 TT components gain around 15g per pair but, naturally, carry lower retail prices: US$120 for the shifters and US$108 for the brake levers.

The new 500-series components are also joined by the new TT chainrings we first spotted at Tour of California back in February. Sizes include 42, 54 and 55T (all in 130mm BCD) with laser-etched graphics and a new 'tungsten grey' finish. Suggested pricing, availability and weight targets are still to be determined.

As if that weren't enough, SRAM also disclosed that it would be introducing a complete road wheel line sometime this fall. Zipp would still remain at the top end, but the new offerings would fill in the near-top and mid-ranges. Unfortunately there weren't any real details to be had here but we'll keep on it.

Zipp renews handlebar lineup

SRAM's recent acquisition of Zipp has already yielded the first co-developed product: a set of chicane aero bar extension with integrated mounts for the 500 TT and 900 TT shifters. As on the Shimano-compatible version introduced last year, the integrated setup moves the shifters back about 25mm for easier access and also drops about 80g.

Zipp has also updated its drop handlebars for the coming season. The ultralight SL model gains two bend options: a short and shallow 'SS' anatomic (84.5mm reach, 128mm drop) and a traditional 'TB' round (87.5mm reach, 130mm reach). The extant 'EB' ergo bend (90mm reach, 150mm drop) will also remain in the lineup. Claimed weight is just 165g.

The stiffer SLC2, also available in SS, TB or EB bends, adds just 20g but is also compatible with clip-on aero extensions. Last year's ergo-shaped Contour bar carries on in TB or SS bends.

All of the bars will be available in 40, 42, 44 or 46cm (c-c) widths. Pricing is yet to be determined.

Finally, the wireless PowerTap-equipped disc wheels we found on the Slipstream bikes at Tour of California made their official debut in flat 900 or toroidal Sub-9 shapes. Suggested retail prices are US$3,500 and US$3,100, respectively. A clincher version will also be offered at US$3,300.

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