Written by Lee Strout Thursday, 21 July 2011 18:00
I have been wanting to try a Sram road group for quite some time so three weeks ago I pulled the trigger on a complete Sram Force road Group. I went and talked with the people at Bikeman.com and they set me up with everything I needed. I consider myself a competent mechanic and decided to do the building myself and it went really well, after striping off the old group it only took about three hours and I was ready to give it a go.
After even one ride the next day all I can say is “THIS STUFF IS FANTASTIC” it took a little bit of time to get used to the shifting and I had to stop a few times to adjust the brake lever position but once I got everything dialed in it has worked better than I expected.
The group is very well made with a mix of aluminum and carbon fiber, easy to adjust and looks great. The overall performance is fantastic, the shifting is light and fast and the brakes are powerful and easy to modulate. The three things that stand out most to me are the ergonomics of the levers, the shifting, and how precise and easy to adjust the rear derailleur is.
Of course what makes Sram stand apart from the other component manufactures is the shifting and that’s what I like the most. The shape of the levers puts your hands into a natural flat position and the shifting is just great, I really like the ability to pull the shift lever back toward your bars and shift without having to reach for it.
All in all I only have good things to say about the Sram Force group and if your thinking about “Making the Leap” give the people at Bikeman.com a call, you won’t be disappointed.
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