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    Any others out there using a Red crankset who have also bent the big ring? I tweaked mine muscling over a roller and nearly went down. I understand that the '09 cranks were supposed to have a beefier 53 but the one I just removed felt pretty flimsy. I hear that there's a "sprinter's ring" available? Anyone currently using one? I'm no sprinter so I can only guess that anyone putting out big watts could shred the standard ring.

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    so would this put these in the 'stupid light' category?

    Do the chains and cassettes go there as well?

    Still haven't tried the stuff yet, and probably won't for at least a couple of years.

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    I had heard something like that before buying the crankset but figured that there's a pretty big (huge, massive, canyon-like) gap between me and the pros. If I can bend the thing, those guys must be able to snap them like twigs. Off the cranks arm, the ring is freaky light and super flexible. Even though it doesn't look quite right I replaced the Red ring with an Ultegra 10...should work better. Now we'll see about getting that "sprinter's ring" - ha!

    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeK View Post
    I heard first hand from an Astana rider that they would regularly bend the big rings on Red. Don'tknow if the cure is already built.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanEasley View Post
    so would this put these in the 'stupid light' category?
    It's not even that light (about the same as DA7800 IIRC)

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    I really want to like SRAM, but hearing stuff like this makes me happy to wait a year or three before trying a brand new grouppo.

    And Kruscher don't make light of your power...after all, apparently they call you "the Crusher" in german-speaking countries :biggrin:

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    The new 2010 Force seems to abandon the full sheet style of the Red chainrings. It looks more like a traditional chainring.

    What would be the best replacement for the Red rings?

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    yes: a different group...

    (sorry, i'm not a fan of red--and i have it!)

    Quote Originally Posted by ty-ro View Post
    The new 2010 Force seems to abandon the full sheet style of the Red chainrings. It looks more like a traditional chainring.

    What would be the best replacement for the Red rings?

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    Have any of you tried the new FSA rings?

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    So just stupid then...I do like the rest of my SRAM stuff though.

    Quote Originally Posted by frenk View Post
    It's not even that light (about the same as DA7800 IIRC)

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    kruscher- could you share a photo of the trashed ring with us? It might be interesting to compare with the other photo going around of a broken Red chainring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Estlund View Post
    Have any of you tried the new FSA rings?
    I find the new FSA rings really flimsy. I replaced an inner ring with an Ultegra after I bent the original by not doing out of the ordinary.

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    It's not as bad as that pic by any means. I don't think that the bend would be very visible in photos but it's enough that the chain gets thrown with regularity. I could possibly bend it back, but why? It'll just bend again and I wouldn't be inclined to trust it. What I don't understand is how stuff like this ever gets out on the market. It took me less than 700 miles to determine the chainring is weak. I talked to a shop guy at a lbs who bent his Red 53 chainring in the same place in a similar situation.

    Quote Originally Posted by ross View Post
    kruscher- could you share a photo of the trashed ring with us? It might be interesting to compare with the other photo going around of a broken Red chainring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnymossville View Post
    really flimsy
    Just wondering what specific rings you are referring to?

    The Pro rings look pretty flimsy, but my impression was that the Super and the newer Super type (for the 7900) were a different beast.

    Are you talking about the Super's?

    thanks for the follow up.

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    no a sram comment but shimano had a 7800 big ring and a 7900 big ring at an exhibit.
    you can twist the 7800 some... the new one you cant twist at all, it is way more rigid than what is out there.

    the front changer slams into it
    it shifts awesome.
    its expensive...yeh, yea, yea

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    You have to be careful to use an SRAM chain with that chainring....it is designed to break before the chainring fails....

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chaba View Post
    You have to be careful to use an SRAM chain with that chainring....it is designed to break before the chainring fails....
    Ouch, but funny!

    Ahh, the return of McCarthyism..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z3c View Post
    Ouch, but funny!

    Ahh, the return of McCarthyism..
    Hey...THEY are the guys who named the group "Red".....

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    Here's the hot setup--sram crank with shimano rings, chain, and cassette.
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    laughter has no foreign accent.

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    that's the best looking trek I've seen since they were building steel bikes. slick.

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    i'll take the optional pro-caliber legs and aerobic conditioning please. how much does that cost?

    Quote Originally Posted by musgravecycles View Post
    Here's the hot setup--sram crank with shimano rings, chain and cassette.

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