SRAM Force AXS review - the wireless 12-speed groupset has more pros than cons

The built-in power meter looks great, but doesn't override some of its old issues

SRAM Force AXS groupset on a blue background
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The newest SRAM Force AXS looks great, features an integrated power meter, and is lighter. Unfortunately it retains its slow shifting feel, but the lengthy battery life may help some overlook that issue. There's also smaller and more ergonomic hoods that should prove a hit with a lot of riders. The big miss, however, is the disposable power meter chainset. Even with the promise of longevity, it's still something that really grates. If SRAM were to be more transparent about the total life cycle of products then it would sit a lot better with me.

Reasons to buy
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    Redesigned hoods

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    Fresh new look

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    Powerful brakes

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    Lighter than previous model

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    Built in power meter

Reasons to avoid
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    Chainset with integrated power meter needs to be replaced once worn

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    Slow shifting

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    Not as comfortable or fast as Shimano Ultegra 12s Di2

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It's been four years since the last SRAM Force AXS was last updated, when it gained wireless shifting and an extra sprocket. This latest iteration sees fewer changes, but does deliver an integrated power meter and a fresh new finish. 

We gave our initial thoughts on the second generation SRAM Force AXS groupset when it launched back in March 2023, when we were pleased to see the re-design of the previously controversial hoods.

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