SRAM Rival 10 sp versus 11 sp mechanical shifters: type issue breaking from the hoods

Hello all

I’ve obtained SRAM 10 velocity on 3 bikes (commuter, bike within the Alps and bike within the UK).

I’ll retire my bike within the Alps and the UK bike (Wilier GTR) will likely be shipped to the Alps.

I used to be fortunate and some weeks in the past I purchased one of many final model new Argon 18 Gallium Professional rim brake body units from a store in London.

Now. I ordered 10 sp Rival shifters from Wiggle (to be able to refill for the subsequent 10 years I have already got one other unused set in my cabinet). However I additionally ordered 11 sp Rival shifters.

Why not going 11 velocity. My crankset will likely be Rival 53/39 and I examined it with a brand new 11 sp chain and I can’t inform a distinction. Totally suitable to a Rival 10 sp crank.

Nonetheless, I used to be shocked in regards to the bulkiness of the 11 sp mechanical Rival shifters.

I’ve obtained twelve months (free returns) to make up my thoughts both go 11 sp or stick with 10 sp on my new Argon 18 Gallium Professional for the subsequent few years.

1. Is it attainable to shift from the hoods with 11 sp Rival shifters?
2. Even 13 years in the past the 10sp Purple shifters had the identical type issue as the brand new Rival 11sp shifters. However the 10 sp Rival (and Apex) the place a bit smaller.

I can solely think about the beefier lever is best for braking with rim brakes from the drops and that is what racers wished (who typically will go for Purple?)?

One other principle of mine. In case you use the 11 sp Rival shifters with mechanical disc brakes you additionally want an extended lever for leverage and braking drive.

With the ten sp Rival shifters I can brake from the hoods with 2 fingers (after all within the Alps I’m tucked down in my drop place however for driving alongside I typically brake from the hoods) and the 11 sp Rival mechanical is extra like a 3 finger brake?

I hated my cumbersome 10 sp Shimano 105 shifters from 2007 to 2022 (that I had on my commuter earlier than I switched to Rival 10 sp). The braking drive from the drops have been superb however breaking from the hoods practically unattainable (and I’m a weight lifter).

What was incorrect with 10 sp Rival shifters and why did SRAM change the shape issue for 11 sp?