SRAM release RED eTAP AXS – next level wireless shifting

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 3:07pm
Category: Road

SRAM have released details of RED eTAP AXS, an updated version of their super popular wireless road groupset which has been created to excel on the varied terrain – from tarmac to gravel – that road riders are now taking on.

SRAM RED eTAP AXS (pronounced ‘access’) promises to take eTAP wireless to the next level with a quieter, smoother and more secure ride than ever before.

You’re also able to control, personalise and monitor your components via the new SRAM AXS app.

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SRAM RED eTAP AXS will be available from Chain Reaction Cycles very soon – but for now, here are some more details…

SRAM RED eTAP AXS at a glance

  • Simple and wireless shifting
  • Wider range and closer progression, so you’re always in the right gear
  • A quiet, secure and smooth ride, whatever the terrain
  • Control, personalise, and monitor components via the AXS smartphone app
  • Faster shifts than the previous eTAP generation

What configurations are available?

  • Bar – Drop or Tri/TT
  • Brakes – Disc or Rim
  • Drivetrain – 1x or 2x
  • Power – Integrated or upgrade

Here’s a video showing all the technology packed into the system:


SRAM have overhauled the complete shifting system on eTAP AXS, taking this high performance groupset to the next level of quality and reliability.

X-Range Gearing
At the heart of SRAM eTAP AXS is a completely new drivetrain with X-Range gearing, offering a wider more progressive gear range than traditional gearing.

SRAM eTAP AXS derailleurs
The derailleurs have been tweaked and tuned to shift faster, smoother, quieter and more precisely.

Rear derailleur
The SRAM RED eTAP AXS rear derailleur is AXS enabled for easy personalisation via the app and designed for both 1x and 2x systems.

The derailleur also comes with faster pulleys, bearings, motors and signals, improving speed in every way.

  • Elegant and ultra-lightweight fluid damper system
  • Quieter, simpler, more efficient chain management
  • Rock-solid reliability and chain tension, for both 2x and 1x systems

Front derailleur

  • AXS™ enabled for easy personalisation
  • Elegant and streamlined form for more rear-tyre clearance
  • SRAM Yaw™ trimless cage technology with an optimised cage profile for new SRAM RED® front chainring combinations
  • The most responsive, quick, and precise front shifting to date
  • Compatible with existing eTap® batteries

SRAM RED eTAP AXS Flattop Chain
The plates on SRAM’s new Flattop chain are thinner, which means less material. To maintain strength the material is added to the top of the chain plate making it the company’s strongest, and longest lasting chain they’ve ever made.

  • Straight-edge profile for a stronger, quieter chain
  • Greater shifting accuracy and less running noise: you will notice the difference

Integrated power
For power-hungry riders there’s also a one piece crankset with integrated power, offering left and right leg measurements.

  • Durability – IPX7 waterproof rating, 200-hour CR2032 battery life that is changed without tools
  • Compatability – Bluetooth low energy and ANT+, free Firmware upgrades with the AXS app
  • Stiffness  – one piece chainring-spider for the best shifting performance
  • Lightweight – only 25g extra compared to a non-power crank

What do you think of the new SRAM groupset? Let us know below…

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