American component manufacturer SRAM has released a new 12-speed version of its electronic top group: "Red eTap AXS". The details of the new high-end groupset.
February 6, 2019 | GEAR|
SRAM entered the electronic components market in 2016 and, especially among triathletes, the Red eTap components have enjoyed some popularity. Now a new version of the group replaces the existing ensemble. The "Red eTap AXS" puts SRAM at a new level in terms of electronic shifting, our first tests seem to indicate.
A larger range: The new group offers 12 gears, which means that the cassette has one more ing than the previous system. But that's not all. Instead of the usual 11 teeth, the smallest sprocket now has 10 teeth. This makes it possible to offer a smooth transition through gears. Two of the available cassettes (10-26 and 10-28) have seven jumps with only one tooth difference and even the "mountain" cassette with - the 10-33 - still has five 1-tooth jumps. Thanks to the smaller, additional sprocket, smaller chainrings can be used without sacrificing any gear range.
The SRAM Red eTap AXS is available with hydraulic disc brakes as well as the usual version that offers mechanical rim brakes. The components are suitable for use with two chainrings as well as for single cranks (1X). All cassettes and cranks can be combined with each other using the same derailleur.
The various 1- and 2-speed cranks available in the AXS group are also available with an integrated power meter, the "DZero" by Quarq. The integration manages to reduce both the weight and the price, according to SRAM. The additional price for the power meter is 500 Euros in all configurations, and it only weighs 36 grams more.
All electronic components communicate with each other via the new AXS app. There are no dongle or sticks needed, and the power meter also appears in the app and no longer requires its own software. The app shows the charge level of the individual components and you can customize the function of the various shifters, and also set maintenance reminders and software updates. In addition, you can change the way you shift. In addition to the completely manual operation, which is the same as the previous eTap version, there are two new modes: "Sequential" and "Compensating". In sequential mode, the derailleur automatically shifts the chainring when shifting gears through a point defined in the app. In the compensating mode, when the chainring is changed manually, the rear derailleur automatically compensates.
Triathletes will enjoy the fact that the Blipbox, which connects the shifter cables from the cockpit to the otherwise wireless system, is much smaller than before, making it easier to integrate. It will now be easier to hide in a frame, top tube box or handlebars.
Ambitious triathletes will increasingly be using SRAM's single systems (1X) in the future. The components are designed with this in mind so there isn't any risk of getting out of gear in certain situations - whether you're on flat or hilly terrain. The 48 x 10 combination corresponds to 53 x 11, while 50 x 10 is the same as a 55 x 11. Rear cassettes are available as with the largest sprocket of 26, 28 and 33 teeth. You just have to adjust the chain for to the different cassettes - the rear derailleur can work with all variations. For professionals who want an even larger chainring, SRAM has already announced that they will offer a 52-tooth chainring, which will be an option for very ambitious age groupers.
The cheapest version of the SRAM Red eTap AXS (1-speed Aero with rim brakes) costs 2,868 Euros. The upper end, the 2-speed racing group with hydraulic disc brakes and an integrated power meter will cost 4,118 Euros.