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SRAM Rival black (2nd style)

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This SRAM Rival was released as part of SRAM's first road range, in late 2006. SRAM's own history was entirely as an ATB and leisure brand, so a move into the road market was a big deal. SRAM's initial road range only included the, high-end, SRAM Force and this, mid-range, SRAM Rival. The, very high-end, SRAM Red did not appear until 2007 - I remember seeing it for the first time at the Tour de France Grand Départ in London in July of that year.

This first generation SRAM Rival is a very tidy and surprisingly lightweight unit. Typically for SRAM, it has a composite p-knuckle - something that Shimano would not contemplate at the time. It also features something called 'Exact Actuation'. As I remember it, this is very slightly different (do I mean improved?) from the classic SRAM 1:1 actuation. Whatever the actual geometry, I believe that you have to use Exact Actuation levers with Exact Actuation derailleurs etc. etc. Do I hear the unmistakable gushing sound of profit margins rising?


This example has the following features:

  • It has a black finish.
  • It has a short (55mm) pulley cage.
  • The inner pulley cage plate has a cut-out at the guide pulley end.
  • The pulley wheels have cutouts, presumably to make them lighter. Although I have to say that the cut-outs rapidly fill with black oily gunk - which may well be denser than plastic.

This example has a split in its tension pulley - which is something that I have seen in a number of these derailleurs. Perhaps those glamorous cut-outs introduce unwanted stress-raisers.


  • Derailleur brands: SRAM
  • Categories: SRAM - the Rival story
  • Themes: Ultra-lightweight - road racing models
  • Country: USA, manufactured in Taiwan
  • Date of introduction: 2007
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: unknown
  • Weight: 185g
  • Maximum cog: 28 teeth (SRAM)
  • Total capacity: 28 teeth (bikeshop folklore)
  • Pulley centre to centre: 55mm
  • Index compatibility: 10 speed
  • Chain width: 3/32”
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: unsprung
  • P pivot: sprung
  • Materials: largely aluminium with a composite p-knuckle
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