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Tech Feature: 12-Speed SRAM RED eTap AXS

On 6 February, SRAM introduced a high-performance wireless groupset – the SRAM eTap AXS – and it has taken the bicycle market by storm. Let’s take a look at some of the features of the SRAM eTap AXS Groupset.

 

SRAM Red AXS Drivetrain Components and Features  

Crankset 

The SRAM Red Crankset provides a greater range and smoother gear progression with their Deep Range gearing technology. SRAM has moved the range from the front of the drivetrain to the back, and maintained a consistent 13-tooth gap across all variants of chainring duos.

 

 
SRAM RED Crankset. Photo: Treknology3

 

SRAM claims that they have improved the front shifting performance and created a lighter, stiffer, and more durable crankset. The integrated chainring design significantly reduces weight, and a DUB bottom bracket adds durability and simplicity. 

 

SRAM RED 1AXS Crankset. Photo: Treknology3

 

SRAM Red 1AXS Power Meter 

SRAM RED 1AXS Crankset with power metre. Photo: Treknology3

 

Are you thinking about upgrading your crankset with a power metre to calculate those marginal gains? Consider SRAM’s Red 1AXS Crankset that comes with a power meter. A single-ring drivetrain set-up simplifies functionality and will greatly significantly benefit you especially if you are a time triallist, triathlete, or a cyclocross racer.

The 48 and 50t variants feature a fully integrated power metre into a direct mount aero chainring, while the 36-46t variants have a spider-based power metre. 

The power metre is capable of producing a +/-1.5% reading accuracy that isn’t affected by climatic conditions during a ride. 

 

Front Derailleur 

SRAM RED eTAP AXS Front Derailleur. Photo: Treknology3

 

Could this be the “most responsive, quick, and precise front shifting to date”?

The SRAM Red eTap AXS Front Derailleur has been designed to allow for greater rear tire clearance. Their classic SRAM Yaw trimless cage technology features an optimised cage profile. 

 

Rear Derailleur 

SRAM RED eTAP AXS Rear Derailleur. Photo: Treknology3

 

SRAM states that its Orbit chain management technology keeps its drivetrain quiet and secure. The SRAM RED eTap rear derailleur also features an improved motor and signal travel for faster shifting, and larger pulleys and ceramic bearings for increased durability and efficiency. It is compatible with existing eTap batteries. 

 

Shift-Brake Lever 

SRAM RED eTAP AXS HRD Shift-Brake System

 

Do you have short fingers and always face the problem of reaching your brakes comfortably? With SRAM Red’s shift-brake system, you can personalise the brakes and shifters for your hands using their Contact Point Adjustment and separate Reach Adjust. 

It also features newly textured shift paddles and hoods for a better feel. The SRAM Red eTap AXS Shift-Brake Lever is available in both flat mount and post mount options.

 

SRAM Red XG-1290 Cassette 

SRAM Red XG-1290 Cassette back view. Photo: Treknology3

 

Each cassette features a 10-tooth small cog and is designed specifically for wireless electronic shifting.

SRAM claims that this updated cassette design improves shift performance as it allows for more gradual gear progression between cogs – at least five one-tooth jumps. 

 

SRAM Red XG-1290 Cassette front view. Photo: Treknology3
SRAM Red XG-1290 Cassette side view. Photo: Treknology3

 

Other Add-ons

SRAM Red Chain 

 

The SRAM Red Chain features a unique link shape which allows the chain to be narrower and lighter while increasing strength and providing more tolerance between cogs. 

 

SRAM RED Chain. Photo: Treknology3

 

SRAM Centerline XR Rotor 

SRAM Centerline XR Rotor. Photo: Treknology3

 

SRAM’s CentreLine XR (CLX-R) rotor is designed specifically for road bikes and complements the SRAM eTap AXS Drivetrain. The Centreline track offers quiet brake operation, and the two-piece design reduces weight. 

 

 

Prices 

SRAM AXS -Hydro disc only

SRAM Upgrade kit (shifters + derailleurs): S$3813 (2x drivetrain) & S$3129 (1x)
Crank with Power Meter: S$1751 (2x and 1x)
Crank: S$1014
Cassette: S$512
Chain: S$99
Dub Bottom Bracket: From S$69 onwards

 
The SRAM RED eTap Groupset is available for purchase at Treknology3 (limited sets available). But now the question is, would you fork out such a large sum of money to make the upgrade? 
 
 
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