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    Help! New bike Component Comparison

    Need my fellow riders help and expertise, please!
    Building up my new dream bike, a brand new Eddy Merckx EM-525, but deciding between two groupos:
    1) SRAM Red 22 eTap wifly HRD disc w/ ceramic speed pulleys, BB, rotor carbon rings
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    2)SRAM Force eTap AXS HRD diss (Red seems just a bit too overpriced right now).
    I've compared weight, features, adjustability, benefit of 11 vs 12 speed (11-32 or 10-33, thats about it), plus no oval rings for SRAM AXS yet (I know there's mixed views on those but thats another topic).

    Problem is its about the same price for both the Red 22 eTap HRD Disc and the Force eTap AXS HRD disc, but I can't figure out why I should go with one over the other? "Just because it's new" and offers a 10 vs an 11 and a 33 vs a 32 seems pretty insignificant...
    Thanks for any thoughts...

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    It's not just the 10 vs 11 and/or 32 vs 33, it's the chainring sizes as well. I will also say Ceramic Speed pulleys are one of the biggest wastes of money in the entire industry, as well as ceramic bb bearings. If you know anything about bearings in general and ceramic bearings in particular you'd know this.
    I can't help w/ your decision at all, I wouldn't think anyone on a forum would be able to do that. You can look at spec and base your decision on what's important to you. Both parts groups work very well. Both will get you where you're going just fine. If it were me I'd want the newest parts that I could afford because I'd want to be as close to the leading edge of technology. That said I have Red 22 mechanical on my bike, and it has (shudder) rim brakes as well.
    #promechaniclife

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    I have Red 22 mechanical on my bike, and it has (shudder) rim brakes as well.
    At least you won't cut your leg off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xSpokeLifex View Post
    Need my fellow riders help and expertise, please!
    Building up my new dream bike, a brand new Eddy Merckx EM-525, but deciding between two groupos:
    1) SRAM Red 22 eTap wifly HRD disc w/ ceramic speed pulleys, BB, rotor carbon rings
    or
    2)SRAM Force eTap AXS HRD diss (Red seems just a bit too overpriced right now).
    I've compared weight, features, adjustability, benefit of 11 vs 12 speed (11-32 or 10-33, thats about it), plus no oval rings for SRAM AXS yet (I know there's mixed views on those but thats another topic).

    Problem is its about the same price for both the Red 22 eTap HRD Disc and the Force eTap AXS HRD disc, but I can't figure out why I should go with one over the other? "Just because it's new" and offers a 10 vs an 11 and a 33 vs a 32 seems pretty insignificant...
    Thanks for any thoughts...
    10 vs 11 is ABSOLUTELY not a reason to pick one group over another unless you consistently find yourself spinning out the 11. VERY hard to imagine that this is the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xSpokeLifex View Post
    plus no oval rings for SRAM AXS yet (I know there's mixed views on those but thats another topic).
    That implies the other choice has oval rings.

    I would think you, and everyone, would have a firm yes or no opinion on oval rings and that would make the decision for them.

    But then again I assume the rings can be changed from oval to non-oval and the other way around. But still, rings can be expensive. I wouldn't decide to 'try" them buy buying an entire groups set with them. And by the same token if I liked oval rings I'd buy them on the groupset (didn't actually know that was possible until now).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    That implies the other choice has oval rings.

    I would think you, and everyone, would have a firm opinion of yes or no opinion on oval rings and that would make the decision for them.

    But then again I assume the rings can be changed from oval to non-oval and the other way around. But still, rings can be expensive. I wouldn't decide to 'try" them buy buying an entire groups set with them. And by the same token if I liked oval rings I'd buy them on the groupset (didn't actually know that was possible until now).
    It's not.
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