The grip points of a triathlon bike built with 2012 Red won’t change. The 500TT traditional-style shifter will continue to work with the new kit. SRAM’s R2C rear shifter is compatible with the new group, but the front shifter has unnecessary front trim shift positions. Both rear and front will work with the new stuff, but only the rear is optimized for it. SRAM hasn’t announced any plans to dramatically change the triathlon shifters, but a version of R2C specifically designed for 2012 Red is in the works.
The road shift hood went through several small changes. The circumference around the meat of the shifter is smaller, making it easier to get a hand all the way around the component. The bump at the front of the shifter is bigger and kicks up more dramatically from the shifter body.
The step up from the top of a road bar to the rearmost portion of the shifter hood is gone. The new design has a much smoother transition to remove that former hotspot.
The shifter paddle is slightly larger, but it isn’t a dramatic change. The brake lever’s curvature was also tweaked.
Like 2011 Red, both the shift lever and brake lever positions can be set to rider preference using four indexed positions. The screw that adjusts shifter reach is now much easier to access. A 2.5mm Allen bolt is exposed on the on the lever’s inside face.
The smooth brake hood cover was replaced with a textured alternative. We found the old version to be more than sufficiently sticky and this one also does the job well.