12-speed SRAM eTap groupset spotted at Saitama criterium

If Katusha-Alpecin's Nils Politt is using a 12-speed SRAM Red eTap groupset, it can surely only be a

A 12-speed wireless SRAM Red eTap groupset was spotted at the Saitama Tour de France Criterium in Japan at the weekend, sparking suggestions that the new top-of-the-range technology will soon be available. The 12-speed groupset included an integrated 50-36t chainset and a 10-28 cassette. A gear of 50x10 has a similar development to that of 53x11 – the top gear ratio commonly used by professional riders. The 12-speed disc-brake groupset was on a red Canyon bike belonging to Katusha-Alpecin 's Nils Politt . It was first spotted by well-known Japanese photographer Kei Tsuji, who published a story on the cyclowired.jp website. Cyclingnews managed to take several photographs of the groupset on Sunday before Politt moved the bike away form prying eyes. He refused to give any further details, but he appears to have been testing the groupset for some time. After the Cyclowired story, black tape covered some SRAM logos ...

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