kashmore said:I bought the Rival Group in 1996 and have used it for two full race seasons. I am still using the original two 11-26 cassettes! I change out chains on a regular basis.
Everything has worked great, and the hoods are MUCH more comfortable for my large hands than the DA 9 spd I used for many years.
For teh money, I feel the Rival group is a great buy!
One issue I had was the 1090 chain Loved to jump forward under load in the 11T cog. I think it was the Powerlink on the chain. It clicked everytime it went though the pulleys, and I swapped out 3 new chains with NO improvement. It even almost crashed me a few times. Very unnerving. So during the Wisconson GRABWARR Tour last year I has a worn chain and Wheel and Sprocket (great guys) suggested a Connex/Wippermann chain. So I tried it, and WOW what a BUTTER feeling chain!!! No problems whatsoever, and the tolerances were so much tighter than the SRAM new chains. Smooooth sounding! I am an old MTB racer, and I have used SRAM.SACHS back in the old MTB racing days on my shimano, and ever since. I think their manufacturing (outsourced?) has gone downhill.
I run Connex on all my bikes now, as they wear out there SRAM chains. Connex has my vote, and the base models aren't too expensive. Around $50 for the 10-spd road chain, Shimano type.
Other than that, think of SRAM as one big lever, and assuring "clunk, clunk..."
10-Spd Ultegra as two levers, and a tiny "click click"
Everyone has an opinion on whats better. I like the SRAM better.
:thumbsup:Wookiebiker said:It's really just a matter of personal preference...take them both for a ride and see which you like best.
I have Ultegra on one of my road bikes and Rival on my Cross bike and honestly, they both work well, just differently.
- Ultegra is smoother, lighter shifting and aftermarket parts use Shimano as their base for all parts so finding cranks, wheels, brakes, etc. that work well with Ultegra is easy.
- Rival is a bit more mechanical, a little heavier shifting but every bit as crisp and a bit lighter as a gruppo.
The difference really comes down to the way the two shift and the feel of the hoods (the rest is pretty much equal). Some people prefer the feel of the Rival hoods over Ultegra...I actualy prefer Ultegra's due to the big bulge up front on the Ultegra hoods because I use those a lot on my bikes. I can't do the same with my Rival hoods.
For the most part though...they are equal...just different. Pick the one you like best!