Pro tested and proven

Pros demand more. That’s why we look to our road teams, cyclocross racers, and triathletes to test our components and let us know what works well…and what could be improved. Athlete feedback then helps us develop better technology to take their racing to the next level. It’s a victorious cycle, and one that certainly played out with the development of eTap AXS. 

Let’s start on the road. Modern road racing has gotten faster. Bikes are more aerodynamic. Kits and helmets are sleeker. Riders have access to more technology and training knowledge than ever before. In the era of marginal gains, pro road riders need gearing that can keep up. Range is the name of the game, with riders not wanting to grind up the steepest mountain pass, or spin out in the final 100 meters of the mass gallop.

eTap AXS’ X-Range gearing provides a harder hard gear for the world’s best sprinters, and lets them cover the flats and climbs more efficiently as well. Letizia Paternoster (Italy) of Trek-Segefredo Women quickly christened eTap AXS with its first WorldTour victory at the Women's Tour Down Under, and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) promptly followed with a win on Willunga Hill in the Men's TDU. In a discipline steeped in tradition, X-Range’s largest 50-tooth big chainring might look surprisingly small, but paired with a 10-tooth small cog on the cassette; the 5.0 gear ratio speaks for itself.

While new groupset launches typically focus on WorldTour road racing, our cyclocross athletes have been doing a significant amount of racing and testing for eTap AXS as well. The rear derailleur’s Orbit chain management is crucial to off-road success. Multi-time world champ Wout van Aert, a master at race prep, has ridden eTap AXS throughout the season. Our cyclocross athletes now also have a dedicated 1x electronic groupset, whereas before they were having to choose between 2x eTap or Force 1 mechanical.

In addition to road and cyclocross pros, eTap AXS brings new benefits to triathletes as well. Expect them to ride our new dedicated 1x aero power meter, which comes in both 48 and 50 tooth options to power into T2. More and more have adopted disc brakes for triathlon (it’s simply better braking), and our S-900 Aero HRD brake lever is a perfect complement to the new groupset.

Stay tuned to SRAM.com and our social channels for more eTap AXS reactions and insights from SRAM’s pro athletes.