I am currently choosing the drivetrain components for my race bike next season, and I need some advice as to how SRAM road components compare to each other.
Since I use an SRM crank and I've heard stories of poor shifting with SRAM front derailleurs, I will only be using SRAM shifters, brakes, RD, chain, and cassette. I am open to use whatever chainring and front derailleur combo will shift the best with a SRAM 10 speed chain.
Now---the internal components on SRAM Rival shifters are the same as the Force shifters, am I correct? So unlike Ultegra vs. Dura Ace Shimano shift levers, the only benefit from upgrading from SRAM Rival to Force shifters is the carbon fiber lever blade, a whooping 40g of weight savings. The rear derailleur is the same difference I believe--the only change from Rival to Force is the carbon hanger on the Force rear derailleur, a savings of only 20g. The chain and cassette are the same for both SRAM gruppos.
In other words--Unlike Shimano components, I think the only benefit from upgrading shifting components on SRAM is the weight savings.
Prove me wrong, or I'll save some dough and use SRAM Rival.
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