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Friday, January 11, 2008

Seeing Red

I was a bull in a cycle shop yesterday seeing Red. When I stopped by Sunshine Cycle Shop to get a adjustment to my trainer bike, I was casing out the pedal systems to decide what to get for my wife. While looking in the case I noticed the full group of SRAM Red components in the display.

Nice. Though I have to admit I'm not as drawn to it now that I see it than I was back when you couldn't get your hands on the things. Really, is any difference worth the nearly $2000 price tag?

Now, the SRAM Force or Rival does interest me. The shifting is so clean and yes, the look is pretty nice as well. All in all I am reminded again how much ego plays into component choice. Really, you have to be at a pretty high level before such minute changes in weight, etc. begin to make a difference. I'm not at that level... in performance or bank account!

It still remains that the best changes you can make for your riding are with the human component. Yes, going from a 30 pound bike to an 18 pound one can make a huge difference. Going from a Shimano 105 group to a SRAM Red doesn't.

Sure makes you look fast, though!



At 1:40 PM, Anonymous dave said...

Red looks soooooo good. I've had Rival for about 8 months now and I've loved every minute of it. Will it make you a better rider? No. Will it make you think you are? Yes. Therefore, worth every penny!!!

Seriously, the action is very crisp and the ability to shift while sprinting has actually come in handy. I also can't say enough about their support. They've replaced a shifter and rear dérailleur after a wreck at no charge.


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