Back and forth with
the fold, and the second-tier group
receives many of the same upgrades that
Red has seen over the past two years.
Just like Red 22, Force 22 will have an
11-32 WiFLi cassette available, in addition to 11-25, 11-26 and 11-28 options.
Brake calipers are unchanged, while new
X-Glide chainrings come in four sizes—
53/39, 52/36, 50/34 and 46/36—along
with a shorter, 165mm crank-length
option. Unfortunately, Force 22 is not the
recipient of HRD or HRR brakes this time.
Compatibility would not be an issue if
you decided that a Red 22 HRD or HRR
brake would be the perfect companion to
your Force 22 derailleurs.
Price: $1358 (complete group)
RBA: What about electronic?
Charles Becker: Electronic is here to
stay, but it’s not for every application.
There’s no point in having it on a bike that
should cost $1000 if it pushes the price up
to $1600. It’s only going to be good for
higher-end applications. We’ve had
hydraulic systems and electronic systems
in the past that we decided not to pursue.
If we’re going to do something, it needs to
be for a reason, to fill a hole. It needs to
add value to the system.
RBA: Would a thru-axle hub be
beneficial for a road-disc application?
David Ripley: The interface between
fork and hub on the road is underappreci-ated, for sure. A thru-axle would be good
for some applications, but not every. In
road racing, a fast wheel change is
important, so a thru-axle wouldn’t be ideal
there. Larger hub end caps with 25mm of
contact like Rock Shox has done would be
RBA: Will we see a 12-speed
Charles Becker: It can go further than
11-speed, but there would need to be
changes to the wheel and frame. You can
only dish the wheel so far, and I think we’re
to that point. What it really comes down to
isn’t just having more gears, it’s about
having the right gears.
RBA: Can considerable gains be
made in weight and aerodynamics with a
David Ripley: Since we shifted to a
non-parallel brake track a long time ago,
we don’t have as much room to make up
with a disc-specific rim. There still needs to
be a lot of material at the bead area for
durability, and that’s something we won’t
sacrifice. There are some things that can
be done in width and shaping. We’ll see
what our CFD guys come up with.
RBA: How long has road disc been on
Paul Cantor: For the past three or four
years, it’s been our goal to put hydraulic
disc on the road. Initially, we designed a
stem with the hydraulics in it; it wasn’t the
solution. There were several iterations
before we arrived at the final product.
Once we had the brake designed, we still
had to back down the power on the rear
caliper and go to a stainless steel backing
on the brake pads since we were getting
friction fade during rapid deceleration with
the aluminum-backed pads.
RBA: Can disc brakes be
aerodynamic enough for time-trial or
road racing use?
David Ripley: It really depends on hose
routing and caliper placement. There are a
lot of possible advantages in frame design
with discs since you’re not as controlled in
frame and fork shaping. Fork legs create a
high-pressure zone with the front wheel,
which could be reduced with a wide fork.
The opportunity is there for improvement
once the limiters are removed.
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