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SRAM Red eTap Road Mini Group

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SRAM’s eTap wireless electronic shifting was universally acclaimed as the tech innovation of 2015. It’s finally released, and with this Red eTap Road Group, you get everything you need to set up your 22-speed road bike with eTap shifting.

Included with this kit are the SRAM wireless eTap brake/shift levers, front derailleur, rear derailleur, batteries, charger, cord, USB stick, and Quick Start guide. In other words, everything but crank, cassette, chain, or brakes.

SRAM designed their eTap system to be different than any other shifting system around. Their goal was not to replicate cable-shifting with electronics, but improve shifting so it’s easier, more intuitive, faster. The left shifter moves the derailleur inboard, toward larger cogs (and smaller gears), while the right moves the derailleur outboard, toward smaller cogs (and larger gears). Hold either shift paddle, and it will keep shifting until it reaches the end of the cogs. Hold both shift paddles and it will shift the front derailleur. If it’s already on the big ring, it will shift into the small. If it’s in the small, it will shift to the big.

The shift design is great, but they also wanted to make installation and adjustment easier. So they made the system wireless. There’s a 2032 coil cell battery in each shifter, and removable, interchangeable battery packs on each derailleur. The lever batteries should last about a year, while the derailleur batteries about 1,000km-and you can swap the front with the rear if the rear dies on the road. The battery life and action should be the same whether it’s -30 degrees Fahrenheit or 161 degrees Fahrenheit or anywhere in between.

Rather than using a common wireless protocol, which might induce interference, they developed their own. Dubbed AIREA, it’s unique to SRAM, and thus impervious to interference. It is small, uses little energy, can reach 100 meters, allows for only one set of shifters to be paired with one set of derailleurs at a time. They tested it for five years before releasing it: the system is solid. And to improve functionality, the rear derailleur also broadcasts an ANT+ signal, which some head units can read and then tell you both what  gear you’re in and how much battery life you have left.

The 260g brake/shift levers mount to standard drop handlebars. The rear derailleur, 239g, mounts to any rear derailleur mount and is designed to work with eleven-speed cassettes with a small cog as small as 11-teeth, and a large cog as big as 28-teeth. The front derailleur, 187g, comes as a braze-on-style mount, works with double-ring cranks with a minimum of 34-teeth on the small ring and maximum of 55-teeth on the big ring. The derailleur also comes with shims that can be placed between the derailleur and the frame, if you want to further stiffen the mounting interface for even better shifting. The derailleur can be installed on any front derailleur clamp.

The group is the lightest electronic shifting system on the market and is barely heavier than SRAM’s mechanical Red.

If you already have any of SRAM’s 22-speed road systems, you just pull your double-tap levers, derailleur cables, and derailleurs, and install these bits. If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll need a crankset, 11-speed chain, and 11-speed cassette. SRAM strongly recommends staying within the SRAM family for optimal performance.

Thanks to the simplicity of the components, lever and derailleur setup should take about fifteen minutes. No cables to cut or stretch, wires to thread, nothing goes inside the frame.

In addition to the shifting components, the kit comes with the charger and USB cord. Plug it into any USB-enabled plug or  your computer. Charging should be about 45 minutes. Batteries come with a 60% charge and should be fully charged before installing. Also included are instructions and a USB stick. The latter is for when it’s necessary to upgrade firmware: plug it in your computer and your computer can communicate with the system.

The SRAM Red eTap Road Group makes shifting easier, faster, better.

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