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I just got a 2011 Roubaix Elite Apex and so far so good. I test road the 105, Ultegra, and the Rival and although all of them were fine, I prefered the SRAM shifting. I ordered the Specialized bike without trying the APEX. I'm new to road bikes, but I was not disappointed... the shifting is quick and very close to Rival. The compact gearing is very good... I haven't done any steep climbs yet, but there seems to be 6-7 lower gears that I haven't even used. It seems you should run out of range at either end and the jumps between gears don't seem to be too much.
 

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jjpt said:
what's your opinion of sram apex groupsets?

We have had an employee on the Aluminum Moto with Apex for awhile now - he loves it

A magazine is testing a Ti bike with Apex - so far they like it a lot is my understanding

I think this group will be spec'd on a lot more bikes by 2012; it seems to make sense
 

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I keep seeing a mountain cassette, but keep reading about great low end without sacrificing top gear with a compact 50/34.
 

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johnny dollar said:
I keep seeing a mountain cassette, but keep reading about great low end without sacrificing top gear with a compact 50/34.
Can you translate that to English? :idea:
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johnny dollar said:
I keep seeing a mountain cassette, but keep reading about great low end without sacrificing top gear with a compact 50/34.
SRAM offers an 11-32 cassette as part of the Apex groupset along with a mid-cage rear derailleur.

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Just in terms of marketing, it's a stroke of genius. A bike manufacturer can now offer what used to be called "touring ratios" (1 : 1.06 low) on a race-type bike without having to spec the totally uncool triple crank. From what I can see and feel mechanically, it works very well. Good on SRAM.
 

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Plus it comes in at a price point that makes it attractive to folks looking to upgrade their groupset without having to take out a third mortgage. :)

When my Sora/Tiagra combo eventually goes to that great parts bin in the sky, I would seriously consider the Apex.
 

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I just installed an Apex medium cage RD on my otherwise Rival bike over the weekend. The RD seems to work every bit as well as the Rival and lets me use a larger cassette for climbing rides (note that SRAM just introduced a Rival medium cage RD also).

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