SRAM has always been a leader in innovation in the road and triathlon space. Beginning with nothing more than cassettes, SRAM has become something of a superbrand, growing to a full-line component maker, and so large that it acquired several companies in the process, including Quarq, Zipp, and others! We have always loved SRAM and the brand ethos, but we weren't always smitten with the eTap system. Until now. SRAM's latest offering, SRAM RED eTap AXS, is a whole new ballgame. It truly changes the game in terms of what a top-shelf groupset can be, as well as offering important innovations for drivetrains in general, including an amazing new experience in the 1x space. Read on for all the nitty-gritty details!
Individually, each AXS component is strikingly beautiful, especially the cassette and the crank. Here are some up-close looks at the parts themselves.
Our Test Rig
We set up our AXS group on an Omni, which can use a 2x setup, but is right at home with this 1x group. On Omni, the front derailleur hanger can be removed, and replaced with a small plate that completes the aero shape of the frame, leaving nothing for the wind to see.
Front End Details
Front end: we mounted the BlipBox on the underside of the Alpha One's Dragonfly, using the M4 threaded hole already on the BlipBox. No mods needed, and it keeps everything absolutely clean while still easily accessible. Please forgive the messy-looking arm cups. Those are our new prototype Scoops, just a 3D print with some hand-cut pads. Bar tape is Silca: Nastro Fiori on the extensions, and the slightly thinner Nastro Piloti on the base bar. This is easily the most comfortable front end I've ever used, and shifting feels awesome on the AXS clics.