Rival 22 is the cheapest of SRAM’s 11-speed groupsets and in its hydraulic disc configuration it commands a premium over the standard mechanical option. It benefits from significant technological trickle down, sharing its more expensive siblings’ clever Yaw front derailleur – it rotates as it moves through its travel to eliminate chain rub – as well as the ZeroLoss levers, which claim to make shifts more instantaneous.
- Highs: Progressive, powerful braking, comfortable hoods
- Lows: Shifting’s outshone by the competition
Rival’s aimed at everyday cyclists rather than road racers, so the 110mm BCD (bolt circle diameter) cranks are available in 46/36, 50/34 and 52/36 ratios, with axles for BB30 or GXP bottom brackets. Three cassettes are offered, with 11t small cogs and a choice of 26, 28, 32 or 36t at the low end. The two widest range options necessitate the use of the mid-cage WiFLi rear mech. We tested this one,
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