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Component maker confirms that 11-spd & hydraulic brakes coming (very) soon

US component brand SRAM has confirmed that they will release details of its new road groupsets this coming Monday, 15 April.

SRAM released a video on YouTube a few days ago, called SRAM 22, showing a new 11-speed cassette. It featured the logos of both SRAM Red and SRAM Force, the company’s two highest level road groups.

 

That video was uploaded to YouTube on 1 April leading some people to assume it was a joke, but it wasn’t; SRAM 22 is definitely happening.

SRAM have previously confirmed that they’re working on hydraulic brakes for road bikes and we can confirm that hydraulic braking will certainly feature in next week’s announcements.

But that’s yer lot for now, we’re afraid. Standby for all the details on road.cc next Monday. It should be a very important announcement with some big pointers to the way road bike tech will be going over the next few years. 

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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I feel an 11 speed, electronic shifting, hydraulic braking system on the cards....

Or am I just dreaming again?

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 3 years ago
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Two out of three would be our guess  3

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stephen connor [39 posts] 3 years ago
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Electronic shifting is great for racing but I wish one of the big three would look at the Acros A-ge hydraulic system and develop a road system so that price of the system would decrease. Hydraulic shifting would not require as much maintenance (charging) as the electronic gruppo's. I could also see weight savings from the system and the advantage of being able to run tighter angles in hydraulic lines as compared to mechanical (cable operated) systems.

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STATO [498 posts] 3 years ago
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stephen connor wrote:

Electronic shifting is great for racing but I wish one of the big three would look at the Acros A-ge hydraulic system and develop a road system so that price of the system would decrease. Hydraulic shifting would not require as much maintenance (charging) as the electronic gruppo's. I could also see weight savings from the system and the advantage of being able to run tighter angles in hydraulic lines as compared to mechanical (cable operated) systems.

Lightweight hydraulics taking less maintenance? are you for real!?

Charging is not maintenance, and those who actually use it even agree its infrequent.

Tighter angles than mechanical? nothing beats an electric cable in that respect.

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crazy-legs [767 posts] 3 years ago
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Hydraulic shifting is rubbish compared to electronic.

Heavier, higher maintenance and more difficult to run satellite shifters.

The ideal scenario is a lever with inbuilt hydraulic reservoir, full hydraulic disc brakes and electronic shifting, all with full internal cable (well, wire and hose) routing.

Interestingly, I heard of a case of a Youth rider running Di2 as her young hands weren't strong enough to shift a lever all the way across so Di2 made excellent sense for her - touch button shifting. Needs wealthy parents though!