SRAM Red turns black
Top-of-the-range groupset available in new finish
First of all Red went yellow, and now it’s turning black; SRAM are launching a new edition of their top line groupset that’ll be available from next month.
The brake callipers are black, for example, as is the rear mech body, and the chainset comes with black anodized chainrings. Essentially, SRAM have given most of the silver bits of the standard version a black finish. The changes are all cosmetic; features and function remain unaltered.
The yellow Limited Tour Edition of SRAM Red has just gone on general release, which is basically black with yellow graphics – this is starting to get quite complicated. It was first used in last year’s Tour de France by the SRAM-sponsored previous winners of the race, and then by subsequent SRAM-equipped yellow jersey wearers. The new black version is very similar, but you get standard graphics instead of yellow.
Many of the WorldTour teams, including Garmin-Cervélo, Saxo Bank Sungard and Liquigas-Cannondale, will be competing with the Black version over the 2011 race season.
So, there you go; it turns out that black is the new Red. Confused? You should be.
Prices have yet to be announced.