Front mech upgrade

Cats Eyes
Cats Eyes Posts: 49
edited June 2011 in Road buying advice
I have SRAM Rival shifters & mechs. I find the front shifting pretty poor as the front mech requires alot of force to be moved. The front shifter also makes a loud cracking noise when I shift into the little ring.
I've heard that SRAM Force also has this problem so I was thinking of upgrading to a SRAM Red front mech. Would thid be worthwhile? Would this improve front shifting while also reducing wear on the front shifter?