Is SRAM Rival about to go wireless?

Certifications for two new shifters using SRAM’s wireless protocol seem to indicate that the tech is set to trickle down to third-rung Rival

SRAM Rival

Two documents relating to new shifters using SRAM’s wireless protocol AIREA suggest an imminent launch of SRAM Rival eTap AXS, particularly as the word ‘Rival’ is included in the name of one of the drawings submitted to and approved by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

As reported by, the US component manufacturer would be bringing its third-tier groupset Rival into line with Red and Force, which already use AXS, SRAM’s integration system that connects electronic components and software.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.