SRAM Apex upgrade to RED
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    SRAM Apex upgrade to RED

    I posted this question in the Giant form and posting it here as well.

    Looking advice, I have 2013 Defy Comp - 2 with 10 speed SRAM Apex components and I have been thinking about upgrading to SRAM Red 10 speed components. My question is the bottom bracket press in bearings do I have to change them out to install the SRAM Red crankset. I am also thinking of leaving the Apex crank on and just upgrade the derailleurs, brakes and shifters. Thanks for any insight on this.

    RJ Near

    Trek Domane 5.2 (2014)
    Giant Defy Comp-2 (2013)
    Specialized Rock Hopper

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    Same BB if it's same style crank, GXP or BB30/PF30. All sram cranks work pretty much equally well, especially if you upgrade the chainrings to something nicer like a wickwerks or praxis. Stock rings are bad but there are better.

    Apex cranks are pretty heavy, probably the first thing I would upgrade as most of the upgrades you're looking at are a weight difference not necessarily a functional difference. If you get the newer style red 10-spd, the ergonomics are much better IMO. I believe that was when it was all called aeroglide and then it went to 2x11 the next year I think.

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