Another step up.
With their new 11-speed redesign, the Red 22 Mechanical DoubleTap Shifters offer 22 useable gears, a redefined rider-to-lever interface, and the same ultra-light construction that put the original Red on the map.
Partly inspired by the reshaping of their hydraulic Red levers, SRAM has introduced a similar ergonomic update to this mechanical shifter. They've dubbed the ErgoDynamics™ system -- essentially, the Red 22 levers use a slightly taller lever body and narrower hood to ensure a comfortable and natural hand position, while their slightly longer lever blades offer comfortable braking from either the hoods or the drops. The shift paddles have also been slightly reworked, now requiring less effort when shifting in a sprint. As with the previous Red design, reach adjustment is made possible thanks to small bolt on the inside of the lever.
Materials-wise, the Red 22 levers feature the same comfortable textured hoods, lightweight carbon fiber levers, and additional-gram-shaving Titanium bolts as last generation's Red. The new 11-speed internals maintain ZeroLoss® technology for instant and precise gear changes riders have come expect from SRAM's most advanced groupset. As you'd expect, these shifters are only recommend for use with SRAM's 11-speed road derailleurs.
The Red 22 Mechanical DoubleTap Shift Lever Set includes Left and Right levers along with low friction derailleur cables and housing. They're compatible with SRAM Red 22 and Force 22 drivetrain components. The claimed weight for the levers is 280 grams.
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Super light weight, double tap shifting, better braking, and the best ergonomics i have found. Right now i have around 10k miles on my Red 22 and they have been flawless, the feelings are just exceptional. The double tap shifting is the closest you can get to electronic shifting in a mechanical platform. They have also stood up well to regular wear and tear, including crashes, they still look very good. Unlike my old 10s rival shifters which started to have issues around 10k miles these are still going strong.
The only detractor is that Sram Force 22 will shift the same, there is no difference. I own both and could not tell a difference honestly. If you are a very serious roadie then the weight can matter, but that is truly for the .01%. Honestly if you are trying to get a budget build and maximize performance i would go with a Sram force Group with a Red crank and Red RD.
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