SRAM Rival is a high-performance road bike component group. This group of bicycle parts, or grouppo, is know as one of the most accurate and quick-shifting groups available on the market. While slightly heavier than Red, SRAM's highest-level grouppo, Rival nears its shifting and braking performance, making Rival a low-cost alternative comparable to its high-dollar counterparts. Make your bike shift and brake faster and more effectively than ever by installing SRAM Rival, and do so at home, with tools you already have, to save money and time over taking your bike to the local bike shop.
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Things you need
- 5mm hex wrench
- Needle-nose pliers
- Electrical tape
Loosen the cable stop on both the front and rear derailleurs and the front and rear brake calipers using a 5mm hex wrench. Use a pair of needle nose pliers or wire cutters to cut the end of each of the cables so they will slide through the housing more easily.
Unwrap the handlebar tape from your handlebars and set it aside.
Loosen the clamp bolt of the existing shift/brake levers and pull them gently away from the handlebars. The cables will slide out of the housing with the shifters. Set the shifters and cables aside.
Remove any derailleur or brake housing still attached to the frame of the bike. Use a pencil to mark where the front derailleur clamp sits against the seat tube.
Loosen the rear derailleur mounting bolt and the front derailleur clamp bolt using a 5mm hex wrench and remove the two derailleurs from the bike.
Loosen and remove the front and rear brake mounting bolts using the 5mm hex wrench and remove both of the calipers from their mounts.
Install the Rival rear derailleur on the rear derailleur hanger (where the orignal derailleur was removed) using a 5mm hex wrench.
Install the front derailleur by tightening the front derailleur clamp around the seat tube of the bike where the old one was attached. Be sure the outer edge of the front derailleur is parallel to the chainrings.
Slide both the front and rear brake calipers into place and tighten the brake caliper mounting bolts using a 5mm hex wrench.
Loosen the clamp bolt of the Rival front shifter using a 5mm hex wrench and slide the lever onto the left side of the handlebars. Tighten the lever clamp bolt to hold the shifter in place.
Slide the front brake housing over the front brake cable (the thicker of the two cables exiting the rear of the shifter) and the front derailleur housing over the front derailleur cable (the smaller of the two), then tape the two pieces of housing to the inside of the handlebar. Rewrap the left side handlebar with the handlebar tape removed earlier.
Loosen the clamp bolt of the Rival rear shifter and slide the lever onto the right side of the handlebars. Tighten the lever clamp bolt to hold the shifter in place.
Slide the rear brake housing over the rear brake cable (the thicker of the two cables exiting the rear of the shifter) and the rear derailleur housing over the rear derailleur cable (the smaller of the two). Tape the two pieces of housing to the inside of the handlebar. Rewrap the right side handlebar.
Set the front and rear derailleur cable housing in place on the downtube housing stops. Route the front derailleur cable to the front derailleur cable stop, pull the cable tight using needle-nose pliers, and tighten the cable stop using a 5mm hex wrench.
Route the rear derailleur cable to the rear housing stop. Slide the small piece of rear derailleur cable housing onto the cable and attach the cable and housing to the rear derailleur. Pull the cable tight using needle-nose pliers and tighten the cable stop using a 5mm hex wrench.
Attach the front brake cable and housing to the front brake. Pull the cable tight using needle-nose pliers and tighten the brake cable stop using a 5mm hex wrench. Attach the rear brake cable and housing to the rear brake housing stop on the toptube of the bike.
Route the rear brake cable to the rear housing stop near the seat tube/top tube joint and attach the small piece of brake cable housing to the rear housing stop. Attach the brake cable and housing to the rear brake, pull the cable tight and tighten the rear brake cable stop.
Cut off any excess cable using wire cutters or needle-nose pliers. Attach a cable end-cap to each of the cables, then take the bike out for a test ride with your new Rival components.
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