SRAM Red 22 ShiftHydraulic Brake Levers - Rim - Road Bike Shop
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SRAM Red 22 Shift/Hydraulic Brake Levers - Rim
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In addition to Red 22's new gearing configurations made possible by its 11th cog, we would argue that the biggest impact of the new group comes from the introduction of integrated hydraulic brakes. Just as the 11th gear marks a first for its road groupsets, SRAM's integrated hydraulic road braking options mark a first for any of cycling's major component companies. Both of SRAM's Hydraulic Road Rim (HRR) and Hydraulic Road Disc (HRD) options were engineered to complement the new 11-speed Red 22 drivetrain, and they both use SRAM's newly designed levers and hood bodies to produce more braking force, with less hand effort, than any mechanical system. Upon first glance, you'll notice the Hydro R hoods look substantially larger than Red's Ergofit bodies. In reality, this boxy-looking hood shape is only slightly taller than the mechanical hoods, but the master cylinder head unit lends itself to the more prominent appearance. However, with all of the hydraulics housed within the hood, SRAM's able to keep its comfortable Ergofit hood feel with the new shifter construction. Like the Ergofit design, the padded, textured rubber and narrow profile carry over to enhance grip and reduce hand fatigue. Moving down from the hoods, you'll notice the front half of the levers keep the contoured shape of the Ergofit bodies, but the pivots have been lowered to accommodate the newly designed hoods. The back half of the levers remain unchanged, providing you with the same large carbon shifting paddles and crisp DoubleTap mechanism found in the mechanical bodies. Similarly, the independent reach-adjustment screws are still conveniently located on the inside of the levers. Cable routing, however, for both the shifter and brake is restricted to the inside of the bars. For the Hydraulic Road Rim Calipers, the overall system is not overly complex. As you pull the lever, the plunger within the master cylinder moves upward and directs oil straight into the hose. At the single pivot caliper,...