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SRAM Launches New Rival 22 Groupset

SRAM announced that it’s bringing 11 speed capability to it’s entry level Rival 22 groupset. 

SRAM’s call to action with their new groupset is, "Rival 22 was designed for the “savvy, dedicated cyclist,” one who may be upgrading his or her drivetrain to 11-speed, or someone who simply wishes to “take advantage of SRAM technologies but doesn’t necessarily want to pay the premium price of Red 22 or Force 22.”

With the exception of some carbon and titanium bit and pieces, the new Rival 22 shifters boast the same internal parts as their top-tier brethren – Red 22. Also, the new Rival 22 shifters feature independent reach adjust for the brake levers, as well as SRAM’s ZeroLoss technology for quick shifts.

In addition, Rival 22 receives an updated forged aluminum spider and X-Glide R chainrings. And, similar to RED 22, it also features SRAM’s five-arm design crank. 

The cranksets will be available in 52/36, 50/34 and 46/36 combinations (all in 110 BCD), while the crankarms come in 165, 167.5, 170, 172.5, 175, 177.5 and 180mm lengths. SRAM’s own GXP, PressFit, BB30 and PressFit30 bottom bracket options will also be available.

Additionally, SRAM has also brought it’s Yaw technology to the new Rival 22’s front derailleur  – which they say improves shifting and better helps to create the "perfect chain line". The front derailleur also includes a Chain Spotter, SRAM’s catch phrase for a “chain catcher”, that helps prevent the dreaded "chain drop". 

Lastly, the new Rival 22 will be available with two rear derailleur options. Namely, a short cage with features SRAM’s AeroGlide pulleys and Exact Actuation technology, as well as mid cage rear derailleur that sports SRAM’s WiFLi (“Wider, Faster, Lighter”) – that can accommodate a range of cassettes from 11-26, 11-28 and 11-32.

As far as brakes are concerned, the new Rival 22 will offer customers three types to choose from. First, there will be SRAM’s traditional mechanical style caliper brakes that have the latest version of the brand’s dual-pivot design – that can accommodate tires as large as 28c. Next, the Rival 22 groupset will be available in two hydraulic versions – HRR and HRD. 

Similar to their mechanical counterparts, both HRR and HRD hydraulic systems can fit tires up to 28c, and will feature 160mm and 140 mm rotor options. 

Rival 22, GXP bottom bracket, HydroR HRR: $1202
Rival 22, GXP bottom bracket, HydroR HRD: $1302
Rival 22 BB30 bottom bracket, HydroR HRR: $1233
Rival 22 BB30 bottom bracket, HydroR HRD: $1333


SRAM Rival 22: Rival Your Limits

Your needs aren’t less demanding. They’re different.

The new SRAM Rival 22 groupset delivers immense performance across a broad variety of bikes and disciplines. Paved or not. Cyclocross or triathlon. Road racing or unchartered journeys. Rival 22 provides the ergonomics, efficiency and technology for finely tuned cyclists to meet each challenge and expand their limits.

Dedicated cyclists’ demands are different – not less than – the pro’s. Their demands change and evolve with their riding and performance, whether they’re race ready or adventure ready. So why settle for a group that’s simply ratcheted-down to 75 percent of what the pros ride? Rival 22 delivers 100 percent of what cyclists demand.

SRAM Rival 22:

  • All-new road group purpose-built for ergonomics, durability and versatile performance for dedicated cyclists.
  • Clean distinctive Ice Grey and Black anodized finish to complement any bike frame. Brakes accept 28c tires for when the pavement ends.
  • Options for Rival 22 mechanical brakes or HydroR Hydraulic Rim Brakes or Hydraulic Disc Brakes.
  • 22 usable gears with Yaw™ front shifting for no trim, rub or rasp.
  • Unrivaled gearing choices with available WiFLi™ 11-32 cassette, compact chainring and crank-arm length options.
  • Shift and brake lever set features same ErgoFit ergonomic design as SRAM RED™ 22.

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