Been having a tough time with the cross bike this season. One thing has broken, I'll fix it, then something else breaks. Crankset, shifter, now my RD. Was riding on a gravel path today, didn't see any sticks, and suddenly my crank arms were locked and my RD was snapped off. I stopped pedaling as soon as I could, but the damage was done. Also bent my hanger, but the frame, chain, cassette all look good, so could have been worse.
This was a Force 10-s RD from 2010. I recently swapped out my Force shifters for Red and the shifting slickness has been a noticeable improvement, at least in my opinion.
I need to replace my RD. Would there be a functional upgrade if I went with Red? Or, should I just stick with Force? I think I could probably pick up a new Force RD for about the price of a lightly used Red RD.
A SRAM tech said the Red shifters would work with Force, Apex, Rival, Red Black, and Red 2012.
If it is just a weight savings, not worth it to me (I do know where I am!), but like I said, Red shifters are nicer in my opinion, so if the Red RD shifts nicer, I'd go for it.
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