SRAM 12-speed RED eTap AXS HRD review

SRAM 12-speed RED eTap AXS HRD review

SRAM's new wireless RED eTap AXS road groupset has 12 gears, approaches road gearing in a totally new way, is available in either 1x or 2x setups and features a clutch. It's set to cost £3,349 / $3,648 / €3,618 for the 2x HRD RED version we have tested over the last few months. In the world of bike tech ‘game-changing’ is a hyperbolic phrase that gets bandied left, right and centre. Small gains in aerodynamics here or weight loss from a bike’s chassis there are often breathlessly described as game-changing, when in fact they’re merely reasonable, expected gains brought about through refinement by clever sorts. Which means it could be a complete folly for us to describe SRAM’s new eTap AXS shifting system in such terms. Then again, might it just live up to the hype? SRAM competitor Campagnolo might well have got to 12-speed first, but with the ...

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