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  1. #1
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    Apr 2012

    SRAM red 2011 problems shifting to large front Chainring

    Hi guys,

    I installed a NEW 2011 RED group (black edition) on a 2004 Kestrel Evoke and could not get the FD to shift to the large chainring correctly no mater what I did to it... Doing some google I read that the 2011 FD kind of sucks so I ordered a 2012 RED FD and I'm getting pretty much the same thing... It shifts perfect on the work stand but it doesn't under any kind of load. I get it to shift OK if I don't put any pressure on the cranks while shifting, and that's how I'm riding it at the moment.

    Could it be possible that my frame is too old for these new groups? I ask this because I don't think that both Red FD will fail... Also, the 2004 Ultegra I took off was shifting OK.

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    'brifter' is a lame word.
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    Nov 2004
    no one here is really going to be able to tell you what to do if we can't see the bike...put it in the stand, and actually see what's up. at this point it's kind of like 'hold your bike up to the computer so i can see what's up...'
    while Ti cage Red derailleurs aren't great, they can generally be made to work pretty well.
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    Don't know anything about your problem but I had repeated problems with a Force FD that were finally solved by use of a spacer (I think SRAM has these specifically for the problem I had).

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