First look at the SRAM RED eTap wireless groupset

Monday, August 31st, 2015 8:20am
Category: Road

First look at the SRAM RED eTap wireless groupset
SRAM have released details of SRAM RED eTap, their first electronic shifting system which has been developed over the last five years and proven at WorldTour level by the pro peloton. It’ll be available from Chain Reaction Cycles when released – around January 2016.

We got the chance to ride SRAM RED eTap and we think it’ll be a game-changer, making Shimano’s Di2 electronic groupset look a little bit old school…

The biggest talking point of the new group is that it uses wireless shifting, and unlike Shimano Di2, the SRAM RED eTap has a different shifting setup – the right lever makes it harder, left lever makes it easier and you use both levers to change the front ring. SRAM’s Brad Menna, who headed up the eTap project, explained that this flappy-paddle-like setup was inspired by jet fighter plane controls and Indycar racing car cockpits – all we know is that once you’ve shifted a few times, this system is a dream to use.

As well as shifting via the carbon Ergoblade levers, the new wireless system allows for shifting via what SRAM call ‘Blips’ – satellite shifters that can eb run anywhere on your bike that you choose – on the tops, drops, under your saddle if you want!

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Here are the specs from SRAM:

SRAM RED ETAP Shift Levers
First look at the SRAM RED eTap wireless groupset
Our revised ERGOFIT controls seamlessly connect rider and machine with REACHADJUST™ to fit any hand. Carbon ERGOBLADE levers and large SRAM eTap© paddles provide positive controls for rider input that make it virtually impossible to mistake an upshift for a downshift. Weight: 260g per pair

SRAM RED ETAP Rear Derailleur
First look at the SRAM RED eTap wireless groupset
The SRAM RED eTap rear derailleur executes shifts the moment you demand it, with military precision. Wirelessly. It’s easy to set up, clean in appearance and delightfully uncomplicated. Mechanical necessities such as a carbon pulley cage, ceramic pulley bearings, and high polished alloy artfully blend with proprietary electronic advancements to deliver a 239g* shifting wonder. *including battery

Maximum 28t cassette capacity.

SRAM RED ETAP Front Derailleur
First look at the SRAM RED eTap wireless groupset
SRAM YAW™ technology changed front shifting forever, eliminating the need for trim. The SRAM RED eTap Front Derailleur makes a good thing better by executing front shifts confidently and quickly over our proprietary wireless communication protocol. While the eTap shifter optimizes Yaw™ shifts as needed throughout the gear range with no need for rider input. At 187g including battery, the SRAM RED eTap front derailleur maintains SRAM’s best-in-class weight title.

SRAM RED eTap Blip satellite shifters allow you to shift when you want, where you want. Run up to two remote positions per side with limitless placement options. When mated with the aero bike specific BlipBox control module, your aero machine’s gearing is as forward leaning as the rest of bike.

Complete Road Groupset MSRP: $2,758 €2,691* £2,059*

Complete TT Groupset MSRP: USA: $2835.00 EU: €2785.00 GBP: £2140.00

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