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Second-tier is all relative.

When SRAM launched the new, 11-speed Red group, we were excited. There was some good technology on offer and some much-needed improvements over the previous iteration (Andy Schleck knows). However, we were just as excited to see that tech move down the line to Force, which shares a tax bracket with a lot more of us. For a very minor weight penalty, and a nigh-unnoticeable difference in ergonomics and shifting performance, we’ll opt to save some money for race fees every time, and that’s precisely what SRAM’s Force 22 Shifters allow.

  • Zero Loss pawl geometry
  • Improved ErgoFit shifter bodies
  • Carbon fiber shift paddles
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Force 22 is awesome

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This review is for the Force 22 shifters but also for the group set as a whole. I ride a 2012 Specialized Roubaix SL2. Stock group was Apex. After 5 years I figured it was about time to change stuff out so I took the opportunity to upgrade to Force 22....everything....cranks, cassette, derailleurs, shifters, BB, chain (except brakes....already had some nice brakes)

In short, what a huge difference in the bike!! Shifting is so crisp and smooth with very little effort. The shifter hoods are thinner and just feel so much better than the Apex. The lever throws seem more ergonomical....the motion follows the natural motion of your finger as you push the lever over.
I really like the yaw of the front derailleurr. The Apex had the "half step" that was required to keep the chain from rubbing the derailleur. Once you get used to using that, it wasn't bad, but real nice now not to have to bother with it.
The Force 22 is supposed to be a "true 22", I guess meaning that all gears are usable, even when cross chaining. I can say this is true....works as advertised.
Changing from Apex to Force 22 shaved 1.1 pounds off the weight of the bike as measured from before and after weights.
I guess my only minor gripe would be the installation instructions on the Sram website were not great for the derailleurs. But the Sram and some other videos on You Tube were helpful.

Overall, very impressed with this stuff!!

All day

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recommend going with force anyway. It feels great. It isn't much heavier than red, so it why spend the extra money? I love the feel of the sram stuff. Not to mention the company is awesome to deal with if something goes wrong. I switched over from Ultegra, as I like the feel of double tap more.

Like Buttah, Only Bettah

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

MmMmmMmm! I am loving these shifters!

These shifters have been flawless! I built up a new road bike last month and these were the cherry on top of my swanky new rig. What's that saying about something performing so well you don't notice it? Well, that's been true for these shifters for me. My first bike was jenky to say the least, and I have been SO STOKED to ride the new one with these at the helm.

For me, the levers are a bit huge, being an average-heighted lady-person with smallish hands. Even so, they perform super well and I am incredibly pleased!

Does this include both front and rear shifters?
Is this mechanical brakes?

this is for the set/both shifters and they are mechanical

Beautiful Carbon!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been a long time user of the first-gen SRAM Rival and have quite enjoyed those. Having switched over to these new shifters I have mixed opinions.



Functionally these are a SUPER welcome upgrade with crisp shifting and smooth braking. I have adjusted the reach such that grabbing the levers in the drops is nowhere near a problem.



My opinions (and yes they are opinions) about the grips are that the more narrow profile is nice but the taller bump profile is a little awkward for me. I'm hoping I get used to it, but I had adjusted really well to the old style.



Overall I can't fault the shifters for anything. They work under any situation I've thrown at them and they've never let me down. Great product

CLACK! ClickCLACK!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a long time Shimano user and switching to SRAM was noisy! But not in a bad way! My older 105 shifters are very quiet through their motion, with a very subtle engagement. These Force 22s are VERY positive and very firm in their action. Very different but not worse - just something to be aware of.



DoubleTap is great except for the feedback at the very top of the cassette - when you are out of gears the shift action requires that you press and hold until it releases. If you don't wait long enough or press hard enough you get an unintended upshift which can be bad! This differs from the Shimano that just "locks" the lever and doesn't allow it to move.



This is a very personal preference but I don't love the shape of the hoods and I feel like the cables aren't as buried as they could be - you can still feel them through the material. You may not notice it...



Overall performance is excellent. Great mechanicals and a very solid feel. Also the best levers I've used yet with good range of adjustability on the shift lever.

Light and effective!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These shifter are second nature to me after the first ride! I come from Shimano shifting and the ability to have no chain rub, smooth shifting, fast shifting is excellent. Having been used to electronic shifting previous this group is an equivalent. I have had zero problems and utilize the Yokozuna shift/brake cables. I am now a Sram fan with the new 22!