SRAM Force eTap AXS review – part 1: unboxing and mechanic’s comments

Released early in April 2019, the new Force groupset by SRAM features the eTap wireless shifting system that has been part of the company’s high-end ensemble, Red, for several years.
Force is SRAM’s ‘budget’ road groupset, weighing slightly more but costing considerably less than Red.

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RIDE Media will present the Force AXS review in instalments, first up:
• Inside the boxes
• Commentary by an experienced mechanic upon his first sighting
• Weights of the Force components (and a comparison versus SRAM Red).

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Big thanks to:
• Paul Wooton and Wooly’s Wheels (82 Oxford St, Paddington NSW)
• Monza Imports (agents for SRAM and Zipp products in Australia)
• PON Bike Australia (agents for Focus)

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Earlier SRAM AXS review episodes:
• Unboxing:
• Workshop:
• Bike and bits…:
• Comparison with 17-year-old 10-speed Campagnolo:
• SRAM Red eTap AXS – the app and sequential shifting:

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Next episode:
building SRAM Force AXS to the new Focus Izalco Max frame.


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8 thoughts on “SRAM Force eTap AXS review – part 1: unboxing and mechanic’s comments

  1. The problem with AXS is the gear limitations make the move to 12-speed pointless for most people. You are forced to use "wi fi" and in exchange you are limited to 13-tooth gaps in the chainrings and only a few cassette choices. And not good choices for people like me. I'd rather run an 11-speed Shimano 11-28 with compact or semi-compact rings (or even better, a Campy 12-27 with 52-36 rings) than anything in 12-speed offered by SRAM. The only advantage SRAM 11 has over 12-speed is that you can "borrow" 11-speed cassettes as needed. If I lived in an area where a 37-26 "granny gear" would take care of everything then I might be OK with AXS. But I climb twice a week or more, all year. I really don't understand where SRAM got the idea to brag about how there's only one step between cogs to a certain point and then a 4-tooth gap when you're climbing the serious hills. That only makes sense in mountain/off road bikes, not road rides where the athlete should have smoother cadence as the terrain changes. SRAM cassettes are NOT optimized for high performance tarmac riders.

  2. Trouble is SRAM electric groupsets don’t replicate the sharp and nice feel of their mechanical groupsets. They feel slow and not refined to me when I ride them.

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