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Old 11-01-06, 11:47 AM
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Advice on SRAM Force set-up, please.

I'm in the process of installing a SRAM Force group on my GT Edge Ti frame, and am seeking advice from experienced mechanics regarding this (admittedly still kind of new) group.

I have the crankset (compact) and BB installed, and I even borrowed a torque wrench to get the crank arm bolt just tight enough. The derailluers, chain and cassette are installed (Ultegra hub) but before I install the Shifter / Brake levers I'd like to know if there are any "Do's" and "Don't" regarding SRAM, esp. if they are unique to SRAM.

I've also heard that the front derailluer set-up is critical since you can't "fine tune" the front derailluer alignment with the shifters like you can with Shimano. Any hints on front derailluer set up, i.e. anything out of the ordinary?

The brakes are no worries, really, since they look quite conventional, but I'm looking for advice on setting up the shifting correctly. By the way, I am very experienced with Shimano (mostly Ultegra), and have done build-ups with many Shimano groups, and even Campagnolo (back in the day, nothing recent).

So it's not like I'm a newbe at this, but this "double-tap" stuff is uncharted waters, so I'm looking for advice from those that have set up SRAM Force bikes already. Since I really am a newbe re: SRAM, any other SRAM or SRAM Force component hints and helpful suggestions would be much appreciated.

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Old 11-25-06, 07:00 PM
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Rick,

I have finally gathered the last parts needed for finishing my Flyte/SRAM rival build. The only thing in the groupset that isn't Rival is my Truvativ Elita GXP crank and since it is made by the same company, I don't anticipate any problems with compatibility. As a bit of a side note here though: the chainrings on my compact say "10 speed only" which did surprise me.

Since your question didn't get any comments, I'd like to ask if you had any difficulties tuning or adjusting your group? What are your riding impressions? Any tips for someone about to finish a build about like yours?
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A few word's from Calvin: http://www.parktool.com/repair/readc...ner.asp?id=153

Enjoy your new ride!
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A few word's from Calvin: http://www.parktool.com/repair/readc...ner.asp?id=153

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Thanks for the link. Luckily, the 2007 brifters come with the brake cable pre-threaded. The pics make that look less than fun to do correctly.
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Check out the new bicycling, toward the back, there are a couple tips from Butch Balzano, SRAM Neutral support. Unfortunately, I don't remember the tips offhand, and I don't have the mag w/ me. But I know Butch, and there probably isn't anyone on the planet w/ more SRAM knowledge than him. So the tips he gives, are 1000+! Enjoy you groupo. The double tap is very natural once you learn it (which takes little time)
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I had given up on getting any replies to this thread, but I checked back this afternoon, just on a whim. Thanks to all of you who replied!

I know Calvin from Park, but I'd not thought of asking him. Very good job he did (with photos!), as usual.

Yes, I did encounter some problems. I started the build before I left for the U.K. and completed it in the last few days (just flew back in from London to LA on Sunday evening). I was in England for three weeks, so the time away from the build did me some good (I think . . . ).

I just finished it, and have yet to ride it (maybe today if I have time), but working the double tap was okay when the bike was in the stand.

The worst mistake I made was installing the shift/brake levers on the wrong sides (left to right). I just figured the type (words) on the shift paddle would go to the outside. I was wrong. What's worse, is that I had the bars all taped up and installed before I discovered my mistake. Oh well. Had to get both the shifter and brake cables out and re-install on the correct lever, then correct the lever placement.

Really like the chain installation with their clever little 2-part link. What a good idea! No draw-backs, I hope.

The crank and derailluers went on fine, no problems. Well, actually, I couldn't adjust the "B" screw on the rear derailluer; guess my phillips wasn't "sharp" enough. Seems to work okay in the stock position.

Anyway, it's as much SRAM Force as it can be, but for some reason the cassette was not marked "Force." Don't know why. Pedals are Shimano, seatpost is American Classic, saddle is Sella Italia, bars are carbon Syntace, stem is Bontrager, tape is Fizik, wheels are Shimano / Mavic / DT, tires are Conti.

I'll be back with comments after I try to ride it on the club ride tomorrow (Dec. 2). Yes, I will take an Allen wrench (AWS-1) and phillips screwdriver with me!

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