SRAM Force eTap AXS groupset review

Same functionality as Red eTap AXS but for £1000 less: how does Force eTap AXS shape up?

Cycling Weekly Verdict

SRAM Force eTap AXS gives you 12 speeds, all the tech and most of the range options of Red eTap AXS with a £1000 lower price tag and a 300g weight increase. It’s intuitive to use and easily configurable. The 10-33 cassette option gives you lots of range, so you can stay in the large ring for longer and get up hills easily.

Reasons to buy
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    Slick, sophisticated wireless shifting

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    AXS functionality and tunability for £1000 less than Red eTap AXS

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    Wide gear range means less front shifting

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Reasons to avoid
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    Needs a wheelset with an XD-R cassette body

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Launched four months after the big 12-speed update of its older sibling, Red. The Force launch was arguably the more hotly anticipated launches of the year, and it didn’t disappoint and so we had to include it in this years Editor’s Choice. Force is around £1000 and only around 300g heavier than Red. You still get 12 speeds and wireless gear changes, amazing!

Launched at the start of 2019 SRAM Red eTap AXS generated a lot of excitement with its enhanced wireless shifting, 12-speed cassettes and configurability.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.