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.