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Comparing any SRAM Rival component to its Red counterpart is an easy task. Why? Well, because SRAM makes the story so easy to follow. Rival and Red components are functionally identical across all component types, and what makes Red feel so special (shifting, braking, ergonomics, etc) carries directly into the Rival line. There are, really, only two lines of distinction — weight and finish.

In terms of weight, the Red crankset is so feathery because the arms and spider are both built from carbon fiber. The Rival crankset, however, is made from hollow forged aluminum, causing it to weigh in at about 100 grams more than the Red. Further, this second-generation Rival has a black finish, making it visually distinct from the carbon weave of the Red crank.

Beyond these variances of both weight and aesthetics, the two cranksets are nearly indistinguishable. Like the Red, the Rival comes with TNT-finish PowerGlide chainrings, an integrated bottom bracket spindle, and a standard GXP bottom bracket.

The SRAM Rival Crankset with GXP Bottom Bracket is available with either a 53/39 or 50/34t chainring configuration. In terms of length, you're able to choose from a 170, 172.5, adn 175mm crankarm length. The quietness, efficiency, and crispness that define Red shifting comes through with equal strength in the Rival.

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