Following the success of the strictly limited edition LTE Red, SRAM is launching Black-Red for 2011.
While it uses a new anodised finish, featuring graphic updates previously only available to sponsored pros, there are also some nice technical updates and details – applying to both the new Black and well as the continuing Silver option.
A new black anodised finish on the chainrings is not only a cosmetic update but it’s a tougher coating lifted from the successful MTB line and is named Blast black.
Brake callipers gain Swiss Stops GHP-2 compound pads as standard with a Yellow – Swiss Stop – carbon rim option also available.
Both Black and Silver options share a shifter with a new reach adjust screw. Gone is the fiddly hidden screw, replaced by a more accessible screwdriver fitment.
Just as SRAM sponsored pro team mechanics have been bodging for years, there is now a steel cage option for the front mech. Out back, the rear mech is essentially the same: carbon rear cage and ceramic jockey wheels but with updated – laser etched – H and L adjuster markings.
The back plate of the one piece, OpenGlide, cassette is now also available in a black anodised option to maintain the stealth looks of the whole – Gloss Black finished – SRAM Black-Red.
The new SRAM Red rear mech still with the carbon cage
SRAM’s brake and gear level continues to use the company’s Double Tap gear system
The complete groupset, including the SRAM frog
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