Hiding in plain sight after a few good Google searches, two Bikerumor readers found some pretty interesting bits on the upcoming SRAM Red 22 11-speed group and hydraulic brakes. The rendering above was found on another blog. Given the age of the renderings for the entire group, they could very well be different from the real deal when it formally debuts in a few days, but they are quite good looking.
Based on the images, we can tell the parts’ edges get sharpened a bit. Other than the obviously new hydraulic rim brakes, which SRAM admitted were in development way back in February 2012 and have been spotted periodically since, the crankset looks the most interesting. This is pure speculation (and a bit of wishful thinking), but considering you can barely see the inner chainring, perhaps they’re looking at a one-piece double chainring a la Cannondale’s Spider Rings. That would certainly be one way to continue to drive down total group weights, something they like to do. Thanks to Cyma for sending this one in!
For something that should make all frame builders and shop folk very happy, check out the news for the hydraulic brakes below…
“The Connectamajig is the coupling hose that makes setting up your SRAM road hydraulic brake systems easy, fast and convenient. The intimidation of hydraulics is gone with a push and a twist, its just that easy. You can route your brake housing internally, and it works for SRAM’s RED 22 and S-700 hydro systems.”
That latter bit suggests there’s more than one hydraulic road brake system coming. SRAM’s S-Series components comprise everything from aero bar-end shifters and brakes to ‘cross rim brakes and other stuff that’s more in the price conscious realm. Read into that what you will. We’ll be at the official launch on in a few days and all will be revealed on April 15! Thanks to Erik for sending this tip in!