Press Release: SRAM Force eTap AXS is here! – “Simply Beyond” – 12-Speed gets less Spendy

“You asked. We listened. eTap® is now available for Force®. SRAM Force eTap AXS™ offers the key features of RED eTap AXS™—modern gearing, advanced chain management, and easy personalization—in a more affordable package. Exploring new limits has never been easier. SRAM Force eTap AXS™—Simply Beyond.” – SRAM

SRAM Force eTap AXS

“Today’s riders are more capable than ever. So we made a groupset that fits their needs. We focused on where road is going, not simply where it’s been.”

Modern Gearing

“Road bikes are faster and more capable than ever before, and riders are expanding what’s possible with drop bar bikes. X-Range™ offers wider range, more useful and smoother gear progression, as well as smarter shift settings— enabled by AXS™.”

SRAM Force eTap AXS

Super Smooth

“On tarmac or gravel, 1x or 2x, eTap AXS™ gives a quiet, secure, and smooth ride. Thanks to the ultralightweight Orbit™ fluid damper and a unique Flattop™ chain, you’ll ride more confidently and efficiently than ever—no matter the terrain.”

SRAM Force eTap AXS

AXS™ Enabled

“Control. Personalize. Monitor. AXS™—SRAM’s new bike component integration system—takes eTap® wireless shifting to the next level. The SRAM AXS™ app allows riders to see battery status, change component behavior, personalize controls, get maintenance reminders, and update firmware.”

SRAM Force eTap AXS

Yours, Now

“SRAM Force eTap AXS™ is now available on a wide variety of bikes and for purchase at a bike shop near you today.”

SRAM Force eTap AXS


“The SRAM Force eTap AXS™ front derailleur is AXS™ enabled for easy personalization. The redesigned derailleur offers better rear-tire clearance—for those that explore all roads—and works perfectly with all chainring combinations. No compromises; never miss a shift.”

  • AXS™ enabled for easy personalization
  • Elegant and streamlined form for more rear-tire clearance
  • SRAM Yaw™ trimless cage technology with an optimized cage profile for new SRAM RED® front chainring combinations
  • Compatible with existing eTap® batteries

SRAM Force eTap AXS


“One rear derailleur to rule them all. The SRAM Force eTap AXS™ rear derailleur is designed for both 1x and 2x systems. It capitalizes on X-Range™ gearing technology for enhanced range and chain management and features larger pulleys for improved durability and efficiency. Strong, smooth, quiet and AXS™ enabled.”

  • SRAM AXS™ enabled for easy personalization
  • Orbit™ chain management technology keeps drivetrain quiet and secure
  • A single rear derailleur for all gearing combinations, including 1x and 2x
  • Larger X-SYNC™ pulleys and steel bearings for increased durability and efficiency
  • Compatible with existing eTap® batteries

SRAM Force eTap AXS


“Beyond an incremental improvement. The Flattop™ technology of the SRAM Force® chain creates a lighter, quieter, stronger chain. Ride far, long and fast—this chain can go the distance.”

  • Flattop™ technology enables a narrower chain with quieter operation and increased strength and durability
  • Hard Chrome™ plated inner link plates and rollers for reduced wear and prolonged life
  • Requires new Flattop PowerLock™

SRAM Force eTap AXS


“Designed for the next generation of drivetrains—and the next generation of riders. The SRAM Force® XG-1270 cassette is optimized for electronic shifting and features our X-Range™ gearing technology. Smooth, precise shifts, from 10T on up.”

  • Features at least five one-tooth jumps for a smoother gear progression
  • 10-tooth start helps provide a wider gearing range
  • Designed to work with an XDR™ driver body
  • MINI CLUSTER™ construction reduces weight and increases durability
  • Zipp wheels produced after April 2015 are XDR™ ready. This includes wheels with the following rear hubs: 176, 177, Super 9, and Cognition
  • Available in 10-26t, 10-28t, 10-33t

SRAM Force eTap AXS


“Wireless electronic shifting and hydraulic disc braking: the best of both worlds. The SRAM Force eTap AXS™ HRD shift-brake system integrates top technology into an efficient package and offers AXS™ for easy personalization.”

  • AXS™ enabled for easy personalization
  • Simple and intuitive eTap® shift logic
  • Award-winning HydroHC™ brake platform
  • Textured shift paddles and hoods for control and comfort
  • Personalize for your hands and preferences using Contact Point Adjustment™ and separate Reach Adjust™
  • One port per side for Blips™
  • Bleeding Edge™ technology for easy and clean bleeds

SRAM Force eTap AXS


“Combining the tradition of mechanical rim brakes and the precision and efficiency of modern electronic shifting, SRAM Force eTap AXS™ shift-brake levers are fully wireless and fully personalizable. Classic is now new.”

  • AXS™ enabled for easy personalization
  • Simple and intuitive eTap® shift logic
  • Customizable fit with Reach Adjust™
  • One port per side for Blips™
  • Large SRAM eTap® paddles provide positive controls for rider input
  • For use with mechanical rim brakes (good for cantilever brakes!)

SRAM Force eTap AXS


“Significantly smaller, the SRAM eTap AXS™ BlipBox is now easier to integrate—mounting inside a stem faceplate cap, feed box or frame. It’s also AXS™ enabled, for easy personalization. Simple, intuitive, aero.”

  • Replaces standard drop bar shift levers
  • Simple and intuitive eTap® shift logic
  • AXS™ enabled for easy personalization
  • Limitless aero configurations
  • Two ports per side for Blips™ and Clics™
  • Fits the included optional stem mount
  • Compatible with existing eTap Blips™ and Clics™
  • Mounts inside stem faceplate cap, feed box or frame

SRAM Force eTap AXS


“Riders want more range and closer steps between gears—and that’s the driving design principle of the SRAM Force® crankset. It offers smaller chainrings with a consistent 13-tooth gap between size variants, delivering smooth, accurate and dependable shifting for the modern rider. Always find the sweet spot.”

  • X-Range™ gearing technology gives you more range and a smoother gear progression, so you’re always in the right gear
  • Crisp and accurate front shifts
  • DUB™ bottom bracket adds durability and simplicity
  • Can be upgraded to a power meter
  • Available in 48/35t and 46/33t

SRAM Force eTap AXS


“We pioneered the 1x drivetrain, and the SRAM Force® 1 crankset evolves the innovation. It’s lighter, stronger and simpler—non-aero chainrings can now be installed with a single tool. For cross, TT, tri and crits, this is the king of 1x.”

  • Single-ring drivetrain simplifies functionality and reduces weight
  • 36-46t chainrings can be installed with a single tool, making gearing changes a breeze
  • SRAM X-SYNC™ wide-tooth, narrow-tooth chainring technology provides maximum chain control
  • DUB™ bottom bracket adds durability and simplicity
  • Can be upgraded to a power meter

SRAM Force eTap AXS


  • AXS™ enabled for easy monitoring and firmware upgrades
  • Bluetooth Low Energy and ANT+ compatible
  • Power readings are accurate within +/-1.5% and aren’t affected by climate conditions during a ride
  • Measures right and left leg power balance
  • Uses a common CR2032 battery that last for 200 riding hours and changes without tools
  • Power-upgrade compatible with the following RED and Force eTap AXS™ cranksets: RED 1x: 36-46t, Force 1x: 36-46t, Force 2x: 48/35t, 46/33t

SRAM Force eTap AXS


“Designed specifically for road riding, the SRAM CenterLine XR (CLX-R) rotor is the perfect complement to a new SRAM eTap AXS™ drivetrain.’

  • Streamlined form optimized for road use
  • CenterLine track offers quiet brake operation
  • Designed to match eTap AXS™ components
  • Rounded edges make for easier wheel installs and are UCI-compliant

SRAM Force eTap AXS

Price List and Weights

  • 2x Hydraulic Road Disc Brake – $US2,678 – €2,548 – £2,274
  • 2x Rim Brake – $US2,478 – €2,408 – £2,164
  • 1x Hydraulic Road Disc Brake – $US2,328 – €2,148 – £1,924
  • 1x Rim Brake – $US2,078 – €2,058 – £1,814

Force Disc Road:

  • 2x – 2,812g
  • 2x Power – 2,912g
  • 1x – 2572g
  • 1x Power – 2,608g

Force Disc Aero:

  • 2x – 2,622g
  • 2x Power – 2,722g
  • 1x – 2,383g
  • 1x Power – 2,419g


Powermeters / Cranksets:

  • 2x: 48/35 – 46/33
  • 1x: 48 Aero 46 – 44 – 42 – 40 – 38 – 36


  • 10-26 – 10-28 – 10-33

Rear Derailleur:

  • One rear derailleur for all chainring and cassette combinations

Front Derailleur:

  • One rear derailleur for all chainring and cassette combinations

Disc Brake Calipers:

  • Flat mount for 160 or 140 rotors

Disc Brake Rotors:

  • 140 or 160, CenterLock or six-bolt

For gear ratio information, please visit our Red eTap AXS article.



  1. Avatar Dean Wette

    I’m having a WTF moment here…

    SRAM’s eTap AXS 1x makes no effin’ sense at all. Where is the wide range cassette? I ride Force 1 mechanical with 42 x 10-42. The widest range AXS cassette is 10-33? Did SRAM decide no one on 1x climbs anymore? I don’t really want to go back to a front derailleur just to get eTap AXS.

    • Avatar Tom in MN

      You should be able to use the AXS X01 Eagle RD and cassette with the Force levers (and Force FD if you want 2x). This also has the advantage that you avoid the flat top chain with its different roller diameter and so should be able to use an 11sp chainset. Will need a XD rear hub as opposed to an XDr one.

      • Avatar Dean Wette

        Thanks. Good idea. That would actually work better for me. I already run a XD driver (for my 10-42 XX0 11-sp cassette) and that would allow me to keep my Force 1 crankset with Absolute Black 42T and Stages power.

      • Avatar Dean Wette

        AXS Eagle cassette is 10-50 though. It’s a bit wide for gravel, but I suppose I could run a bigger ring. 42 x 10-42 has been about perfect for me though.

        • Avatar Stephen Poole

          IIRC, Eagle RDs are 1x only, due to the geometry, so trying to get this to work with an eTap FD and 10-50 cassette might be pushing things quite a bit.

          • Avatar Dean Wette

            If you read my original post, you’ll understand my entire point is I need a wide cassette because I **don’t want a 2x setup (i.e. no FD)**

        • Avatar Tom in MN

          BikeRumor’s first ride article mentions that there might be more “beyond road” options coming later.

          • Avatar Dean Wette

            Yeah, I’d be surprised if there isn’t something for gravel. That’s quite the growing market these days. Even my roadie wife might get a Vaya this season. I wish for eTap AXS 42 x 10-42 12-sp. Even a 10-45 would be OK, but a 50T is overkill.

          • Avatar Stephen Poole

            @ Dean: I get that you want 1x, but Tom in MN’s post implied one could use an FD/2x with Eagle rear end, and I really don’t think that would work.

            I agree a 10-42-ish 12 speed cassette would be a useful option, and would make some mountain bikers happy too.

          • Avatar Dean Wette

            @Stephen Poole: yeah, I get what you mean. I see he mentioned option of FD with 10-50. There wouldn’t be much point of a 10-50 with a 2x anyway. I think the 2x gearing options are pretty good, with available 46/33 x 10-33 to get the 1:1 ratio I have with 42 x 10-42 on a 1x.

            I talked to my mechanics today. They knew I was waiting for Force 1 eTap and – like me – are scratching their heads at the omission of a 1x gravel gearing option. They also observed the 1x group is really more of a CX setup.

  2. Avatar Stephen Poole

    So, no rim brakes from SRAM, and no way to avoid stupidly high gears with 2x, or get gears below 1:1; I wonder how much consumables like chainrings and cassettes are. 11 speed Shimano (apart from the cranks) is looking better all the time…

    • JOM JOM

      Stephen, regular roadie type rim brakes are available, I just didn’t include them in this press release. If you desire canti’s, hard to go wrong with SRAM’s sister company and the Avid BB Shorty Ultimate.

      • Avatar Stephen Poole

        Okay, I see now – must have been the lack of pics; it wouldn’t have surprised me if SRAM decided to try to force discs down everyone’s throats.

        It will be interesting – possibly in the Chinese curse sense – to see what Shimano do with the next iteration of Dura-Ace. I’m hoping it won’t be Di2 only, with MicroSpline freehubs and 10T cogs, but I guess we’ll find out sooner or later. At the moment sticking with 11 speeds is looking good, since so far 12 speeds only offer higher gears that are useless to me, plus more expensive wear parts.

  3. Avatar Ron

    The chainrings aren’t as ugly as the Red versions. Since I got to try those new Campy 12 disc brake shifters (DAMN SO SWEET) I keep wanting to make those appear on my bike.

  4. Avatar Tom in MN

    @Stephen, just going by what I’ve read that it’s all compatible, we need someone (hint, hint, JOM) to test it all out.

    • JOM JOM

      You’ll be the first to hear if I procure a review groupset 🙂

  5. Avatar Gravel Corps

    Still no 2x options for the steeper gravel climbs. Hopefully we see something at Sea Otter! I would love to see a 10-38 cassette.

    • Avatar Stephen Poole

      Or one starting with 12 or 13… I can’t see any point in 46×10 or 11 for anything except Alpine descents…

      • Avatar Dean Wette

        10T, 11T is useful for 1x setups, especially on the paved transitions. I run 42 x 10-42 and use the full range of the cassette.

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