SRAM Force Rear Mech review£105.00

Dependable shifts

BikeRadar score4/5

In contrast to some other parts of the groupset, there haven’t been that many changes between the 2009 Force rear mech and 2010’s.

The outer pulley cage is now made from unidirectional carbon fibre, which trims a few grams compared with last year’s – while a magnesium inner parallelogram link also helps to keep things svelte.

It weighs about 30g more than SRAM's top-end Red rear mech, but is still lighter than that from Shimano’s second string Ultegra groupset.

And whereas we had a few shifting hiccups with the Red rear mech when we tested it, the Force mech behaved very well; even under race and climbing conditions we were unable to get it to mis-shift.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 53
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK
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