SRAM Red 22 11-Speed Hydraulic Disc Brake Shift Lever
The unconventional look of these levers belies some serious innovation underneath the hoods. SRAM perfected their hydraulic brake technology with their Avid brand, and they've spent the last few years figuring out how to cram that technology into a pair of road levers. These levers feature an all-new master cylinder that delivers incredible braking power and modulation that puts all other braking systems to shame. The action is nearly instantaneous, and makes braking throw hairpin turns on wicked descents a dream.
The fully sealed hydraulic system is easy to set up thanks to SRAM's new Connectamajig Road system. This makes coupling the levers to your hydraulic brake system fast, easy and convenient. All it takes is a push and a twist, so these are not only some of the quickest to install hydraulic brakes ever, but these might be some of the easiest to install brakes period. The hoses can be routed internally, and the levers are compatible with the SRAM Red 22 components.
The SRAM Red 22 Hydro levers are compatible with both the Red hydraulic rim and disc brakes, so you're not married to either system. Both systems have their advantages. Disc brakes are not yet legal for road racing, but the hydraulic rim brakes deliver many of the same advantages with very little weight penalty. The disc brakes are ideal for cyclocross and gravel road racing. With their superior stopping power, and since their virtually impervious to the elements and mud, these are sure to quickly become the brake option of choice for cyclocross racers.
But it's not just hydraulics that set these levers apart. They also feature all the advances of the standard SRAM Red 22 levers.
The SRAM Red 22 Hydro shifters use the all new ErgoDynamic technology to make these the most comfortable and best performing levers out there. After all, ergonomics is all about the mating of man and machine, and SRAM takes that seriously. ErgoDynamic uses three separate elements to improve your riding and shifting experience. The first is that the brake lever has been made slightly longer than previous SRAM road shifters, so it's easier to reach from the drops. This makes it easier to feather the brakes while descending or racing. The levers also feature independent reach adjust that allow the lever reach to be customized for a variety of hand sizes. This improves the braking and shifting performance for almost any rider on the road. After all, brake levers and shift paddles don't do much good if you can't reach them. Lastly, the shape of the hoods has been completely redesigned with a smaller diameter and a higher top shape to increase rider control and improve finger wrap. This addresses a complaint from several elite and pro-level riders on earlier iterations of Red, where riders sometimes felt their hands were slipping off the hoods at speed. You now can now maintain positive control thanks to a more comfortable, precise grip. Cap it off with a redesigned clamp that allows for better fit and adjustment with modern carbon and ergo bars, and you get one of the best feeling levers on the market.
The SRAM Red 22 Hydro shift levers also incorporate the newly redesigned DoubleTap technology. DoubleTap is SRAM's innovative method of shifting, which uses just one paddle to execute both up and down shifts. It worked marvelously with 10-speed and it feels even better with 11. Shifting up and down the cassette feels smooth and easy. Coupled with ZeroLoss technology, DoubleTap always delivers crisp, accurate, and sure shifting with every lever throw. ZeroLoss means that for every centimeter you move the lever, the cable moves the same amount, eliminating play from the shifters so you can shift faster, with none of the mushy feeling we've all come to tolerate from some shifters. The paddle also delivers a satisfying click with every shift, one that you can both hear and feel, so you always have complete confidence in shift action. The left shifter is designed specifically for use with the SRAM 22 Yaw front derailleur, and it is able to deliver more leverage for easier shifting, even under load.
The new SRAM Red 22 Hydro shifters are all about performance and speed. If you demand levers that can deliver uncompromising control, lightening fast shifts, and unparalleled comfort, then you need SRAM Red 22.
For the cyclist who demands the absolute best in shifting and braking performance, SRAM Red 22 Hydro sets a whole new standard.