SRAM’s new 22 group set gets some major reshaping at the front derailleur. Utilizing the advancements made in the previous “Yaw” model, the new derailleur allows the rider to shift into any gear combination at any time. You can now choose to ride any pairing of chain ring and cog, even when cross chaining. SRAM calls this True 22, referring to the total number of accessible gears available. To accomplish this, the derailleur not only moves inboard and outboard as you would see in any other derailleur. It also pivots, or rotates around the hinge essentially eliminating chain noise, and rub when cross chaining. The new system now follows the chain, maintaining the spacing between the derailleur cage and the chain as you shift.
SRAM also added steel to their aluminum alloy when designing the shifting cage. This change makes for stiffer, more precise shifting and a more durable component. They’ve also included a chain catcher for those un-planned for bumpy roads and accidental miss-shifts.
Note: SRAM’s RED 22 Front Derailleur is not designed to be compatible with earlier, 10-speed versions of SRAM RED.