SRAM REd 2012 FD with Specialized Cranks
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    SRAM REd 2012 FD with Specialized Cranks

    Have read of possible clearence issues with new red FD and Specialized crank sets is anyone running this combo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildcard View Post
    Have read of possible clearence issues with new red FD and Specialized crank sets is anyone running this combo?
    I'm using a 2012 Yaw front derailleur (braze on) on a Tarmac SL3 with Specialized cranks (52x36) and it has been working fine.

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    GOLD!! I am looking at running it on an SL4 PRO with specialized cranks so pretty much the same.

    How good is the shifting?

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    I'll probably be running this setup soon too. I hear the yaw FD is great, no matter what crankset you run.


    What I don't understand is why the FD would work different with any other crankset. They all have the same chainring size and placement. Only tiny difference might be the stiffness, so unless your chainrings or cranks are made out of lead, the FD should work with any crank out there.

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    Running 2011 S Works crankset 50-34. Set up was easy, worked perfect the time. Best front derailleur performance ever. No trim, no chain rub, no problem. Shimano and Campanolo will surly copy the design.

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    Have finally done the swap and is worth the small cost for the awesome performance gain. My Red setup was great before now it has just gone up another level.

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    Need input

    Quote Originally Posted by cy1 View Post
    I'm using a 2012 Yaw front derailleur (braze on) on a Tarmac SL3 with Specialized cranks (52x36) and it has been working fine.

    I just purchased the 2nd generation Sram red shifters and the FD YAW.

    I have an SL3 Tarmac and I love the BB30 specialized crankset compact thats currently on my SL3.

    When I read the VELO news compatibility of the ist and 2nd gen sram red components this statement is what bothered me?

    Conclusions
    The takeaways from this testing are rather simple. With both the new front derailleur and new crankset, no trim is needed so you can use any generation of shifters. If you want the new shifters, though, you must buy both the crankset and the front derailleur unless you donít mind chain rub.

    It works! We test SRAM Red backwards compatibility

    Does it mean I need to get rid of my Specialized crankset and get the matching Sram Red Crankset?

    Need help on this please.

    Thanks in advance

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    Sup D Corn

    You brought up a good point until I watched this you tube video and made me decide to go ahead and buy the 2nd generation exogram crankset today. I got one from that famous auction for $340.00 shipped new take off. Apparently it has something to do with the spacing, and Sram engineered these crankset for optimum efficiency that's why they eliminated the trim on the 2nd generation shifters. Sadly I have to get rid of my beloved Specialized crankset BB30 its already posted. lol

    SRAM RED 2012 Crankset Chain Ring Design with Bryn Johnson - YouTube

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    I also upgraded my Sram FD to the 2nd generation Yaw on my other bike equipped with the Q rings and it works perfectly and I love it. I am using the 1st generation sram red shifters and no more chain rub. Did you guys get this from Velo news? In case you did not here it is.

    It works! We test SRAM Red backwards compatibility


    When I get the 2nd Generation crankset and the shifters I will post my feedback. I just need to get the rear D later and I will be set.
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