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Strengths: Up to date design, I detect no flex or creaking from the cranks, chainrings or BB for this 100kg rider. Nothing has come loose or asked for attention. If comparison tests are to be believed then this (Black) Rival chainset is as stiff in the real world as anything else out there
Weaknesses: Cosmetic markings from rubbing shoes as reported by previous reviewer. This will happen wih any chainset in my experience
My first external BB Chainset and I have no complaints with installation, performance or wear so far to the extent that I don't understand the negative comments.
I have to mark it as 5 for value as I think there are many subtle design touches used by SRAM that only revea themselves slowly (such as the fighter-pilot origin levers not scratching when you park your bike against a wall unlike competitors).
Marked as 4 overall as it would take a finsih that can't mark through wear to earn a 5
Strengths: Stout, well made, precise, when installed correctly will provide years of flawless reliability. Lightweight for level grade component.
Weaknesses: Aluminum self extracting bolt could be made of a more durable material to "dummy-proof" installation. Paint on crank arm can rub off if in constant contact with shoe..but that is purely cosmetic.
Not really anything special to say about the crank, it does the job without fuss. What I am concerned with is ALL the negative comments about the GXP BB! I have consulted many people and LBS about this along with my personal experience which includes the same BB thats for 2 of my MTBs. I will have to say that 95% of the people complaining about this BB never installed it correctly, and either overtorqued or undertorqued the self extracting bolt. More likely didnt even use a torque wrench altogether! Granted it is an aluminum bolt (admit not the best choice of materials) but it works fine when done properly. My SC Blur has had the Stylo 3.3 GXP team (GXP BB) I weigh 180...no not 220 lb. but still I ride hard, and have not even had the bolt come loose once. Really when reviewing this product and if the BB is your concern because of all the negative reviews ask yourself a question to determine if you want a SRAM Crank/BB. Do you plan on following the instructions? Do you have a Torque Wrench or are having a shop install it? If you answer "NO" to any of those questions, don't buy this, you will just be another idiot that can't follow instructions and writes a dumb review because of his/her own failure.
Similar Products Used: 105, plan on going to force eventually, I am sold on SRAM drivetrains! For road and mountain. They are probably the most innovative company for bike components today, but that will probably happen with my habanero when I get it.
Strengths: Shifting was OK when the crank was new.Was relatively light for a 2007 product. Cheap.
Weaknesses: Rubbing noise during out of saddle climbs, flexing chainrings . Recently (8000 miles) I started dropping chain very often shifting to the small ring. FD adjustments did not help. BB is very fragile.
I like SRAM Rival a lot but the crank was disappointment from the start. SRAM replaced BB on warranty after maybe 500 miles. It did not stop a rubbing noise while climbing. Chainrings very flexible and bent easily. Never had a smooth feeling I get now riding Ultegra 6750.
Similar Products Used: Shimano 6750 Ultegra compact, Truvativ Elita
Bike Setup: 2007 Orbea Onix Rival
Shimano RS80 wheels
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: August 31, 2008
Strengths: On Sale
Easy to install
PerformanceBike has a great return policy
A former racer now weekend warrior destroyed it
Had the 50/34 SRAM Rival compact crank on my bike for 4 months. Maybe 1500 miles during that time. Was working on jumps from a near standing start to build power for sprinting. The outer chainring snapped and then bent all to heck. I'm a strong rider, but ain't putting out that much wattage. I'm sure the pros are destroying these weekly.
I am replacing this crank with a Shimano one. Never, ever had a problem with my Ultegra cranks. And so ends my testing of the SRAM road component group!!
I just spent some time shopping for a new bike, and I am surprised to see that bikes equipped with Rival are more expensive than 105.
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2 year old deral and when chain is on outer ring, it is rubbing. I need to add a bit more clearance to the outside when looking down on it.
The only instructions I can find on the sram site when printed out are too tiny for my old eyes to read. found a youtube vid, but not enough info.
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Pretty rare to see a road bicycle with a Rival component group for this low. A Rival group alone would run you pretty close to the cost of this whole bike. And Shimano 105 pedals included? Cool!
Only 48, 51, and 60 cm sizes left.
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Over the weekend, I swapped my Rival group from an older bike to my current road bike, replacing the [url=http://forums.roadbikereview.com/components-wrenching/105-blues-304066.html]105 group[/url]. Everything went fine except I am having nothing but trouble adjusting the front derailleur and at th ... Read More »