SRAM RED eTap AXS Groupset long term review

A look at what it’s like to ride with the SRAM RED AXS groupset after more than a year

SRAM RED eTAP AXS rear derailleur
(Image credit: Josh Ross
Cycling Weekly Verdict

SRAM has made a bold move in the groupset market. AXS represents innovation that makes riding more enjoyable. There's flexibility in how it gets used and it's a system that will continue to grow with you over time. Right now, the SRAM RED eTap AXS is the best groupset on the market.

Reasons to buy
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    Smart gear ratios

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    Easy installation

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    Compatibility between all AXS components

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    Removable batteries are easy to charge

Reasons to avoid
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    Integrated power meter makes it expensive to own multiple chainrings

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SRAM's AXS groupset arrived at the beginning of 2019. The brand was not the first to arrive at a 12-speed groupset - Campagnolo got there first. However, what it did provide was a bold vision of how 12-speed shifting could go beyond adding an extra cog to a standard 11 speed cassette. Smaller chainrings on the front and a 10-tooth rear cog meant a total rethink of how a drivetrain could function.

SRAM RED eTAP AXS crankset with power meter

A flat top chain, integrated power meter, and brand-new gear ratios make for an innovative groupset.
(Image credit: Josh Ross

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Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutia of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes. 

Height: 5'9" Weight: 137 lb. 

Rides: Orbea Orca Aero, Cannondale Topstone Lefty, Cannondale CAAD9, Trek Checkpoint, Priority Continuum Onyx