Why We Like The Red eTap AXS 2x Groupset
The Red eTap AXS 2x Groupset from SRAM represents the pinnacle of electronic shifting available from the firm and it pairs with either rim calipers or mechanical disc brakes. SRAM's original 11-speed version was already among our favorites thanks to its super simple shifting logic, and with the addition of some meaningful updates, it really takes this electronic group over the top. Not only did SRAM engineers manage to add another cog to this impressive group, but it also ushers in completely different gear ratios, allows for complete customization through its AXS app, and improves front derailleur battery clearance for all-road, gravel, and cyclocross tires. The icing on the cake? That'd be how easy it is to set up and travel with since there's no shift cables or housing to deal with.
This group includes a right and left Red eTap AXS brake lever/shifter, front and rear Red eTap AXS derailleurs with batteries, a battery charger, and a cord.
One of the most exciting new features with the group is its AXS integration. Once you connect the group to the AXS app via Bluetooth on your smartphone or tablet, you can easily personalize the groupset including button customization, numbers of up or downshifts when the buttons are held down, as well as sequential and compensating shifting. Sequential shifting reduces redundant gear ratios and maintains a better chainline by automatically shifting the front and rear derailleurs to the optimal gear as you up and downshift, allowing you to focus on the ride. This option is great for those already used to a 1x setup. In this mode, however, you still have full control over the front derailleur to shift as needed. Compensating shifting simply shifts the rear derailleur to a self-selected number of shifts after making a front shift, so your change in cadence isn't drastic. This is something we already do with mechanical shifting but it's nice when the system's electronics can do it for us.
The new RED eTap AXS front derailleur returns with SRAM's excellent Yaw pivot design for trim-free cage operation. It rotates slightly when shifted into the small ring improving shifting while also preventing chain rub, no matter where it is on the cog out back. It also features an optimized cage profile for the new close-ratio (33/46t, 35/48t, and 37/50t) X-Range front chainring combinations for smooth and quick shifting. Made from a combination of aluminum, steel, and composite, it offers the best durability and the lightest weight. It's completely compatible with existing eTap batteries and gravel riders rejoice: its battery placement is streamlined to allow for more rear tire clearance which SRAM claims is up to 700c x 42mm.
The rear derailleur also gets some exciting changes namely in its Orbit fluid damper chain management system providing a quiet, secure, and smooth ride, even over the bumpiest terrain. It also receives a new motor and signal for faster, more precise shifting and like the front derailleur, remains compatible with existing eTap batteries. One last thing, it uses the same cage length for 10-26, 10-28, and 10-33t cassettes so you can make changes to your gearing based on the terrain, all while using the same rear derailleur.
Please note to complete the groupset, you will still need to purchase a crank, bottom bracket, cassette, and chain.
- SRAM's latest 2x electronic group for rim and mechanical disc brakes
- Provides easy button customization via the AXS app
- Wireless connection unique to each individual pairing
- Shifts multiple cogs with one lever throw
- Rechargeable derailleur batteries afford 60 hours of runtime
- Front derailleur clears bigger tires and is designed for the X-Range rings
- Includes batteries, charger, and charging cord
- Orbit fluid damper chain management system provides a quiet, secure, and smooth ride, even over the bumpiest terrain