I purchased the new rainbow colored option to replace my XG-1290 silver one that was at the end of it's life. The rainbow and black looks great with my matte black bike frame and of course the shifting is excellent. As a side note I also love the very low weight, build quality and easy install. Of course all this comes at a cost to the pocket book but if properly cared for these cassettes last a really long time and are a good value overall IMO. I would highly recommend purchasing one if you are a total bike nerd like me and love running the best!
If you are looking to shed weight and want to add some color to your road bike, this SRAM Red cassette is boss. Quiet crisp shifts and the 10-33 gives you a ton of range and speed even with a compact 48/35T crankset. This is the lightest of all the SRAM XG cassettes and is about 71g lighter than Rival or 55g lighter than it's Force counterpart. The only con I have for the cassette is it's price, other wise BTD shipped safely and quickly and will remain my go to bike store
I have a red 11 speed cassette on another bike with 1st gen eTap, so I had some idea of what to expect. First, the cassette is an engineering marvel, given that most of the cassette is machined as a single piece of steel. Itï¿½s incredibly light. Finally the rubber elastomeric bands between the cogs do an amazing job of quieting the drivetrain. I have a force axs cassette on my gravel bike. I canï¿½t discern any difference in shift quality, which is excellent for both; however the red cassette is noticeably quieter (and lighter), making the whole drivetrain silky smooth.