SRAM has released their new tri-specific 22-speed gruppos. The new gruppos were used by almost all of SRAM’s sponsored riders at the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii last year. Now the rest of the world can have a chance to ride the new set up.
The 22-speed gruppos will be available for both the top-end Red and next-in-line Force triathlon or time trial gruppos. In addition there are new 22 R2C bar end levers, which feature a new ergo shaped lever design and provide easier shifting. The two-position YAW front shifters don’t require any trimming and allow you to use all of your gears regardless of which chainring you’re using.
Speaking of chainrings, SRAM has also announced a new triathlon or time trial specific chain ring set. The aero-specific 55 tooth big ring allows you to push a monster gear while remaining extemely stiff and aero.
New BTA hydration system
There are lots of studies out there that have shown that horizontally mounted “between the arms” (BTA) hydration systems are the fastest, which is why pro triathlete Jordan Rapp asked SRAM to come up with a system that that would get the job done while also incorporating a computer unit.
The new Zipp VUKA Alumina BTA mount with Quickview was announced today and promises to be a welcome addition to any triathlete’s hydration system. The lightweight system accepts all Garmin Edge series head units and offers multiple placements. There’s also a carbon fiber Zipp Vuka BTA bottle cage designed specifically for the mount.
-by Kevin Mackinnon
We’re going to be doing some long-term reviews of these products and will provide regular feedback on how we’re making out with them here on triathlonmagazine.ca