IT'S ARRIVED, IT'S HERE, I CAN ACTUALLY TOUCH IT!!
The long promised and much anticipated SRAM RED eTAP groupset has finally landed at York Cycleworks. We're the ONLY stockist in York and one of very few in the country to have this revolutionary groupset.
So, what's the fuss all about.
Let me give you some background on one of the most anticipated products to hit the market in a long time...
First spotted in the rather low key environment of Illinois State Cyclo-Cross Championships in December 2013, the testing continued at the 2014 Tour of California using fake wires to try and throw people off the scent., before much more open testing back with Ag2r-La Mondiale throughout the 2015 season. Thoroughly tested, it's now available for you to buy.
Lets knuckle down and look at the specifics.
Unlike Shimano Di2 and Campagnolo EPS, which both use a single battery, eTAP gives individual batteries to the shifters and each of the derailleurs. The derailleurs are powered by one of SRAM's own Lithium-Ion Polymer batteries, which clip onto the back of the derailleurs and can be removed easily for packing the bike. It's also worth noting that the batteries can can switched between the derailluers, so if the battery dies on your rear derailleur mid-ride, simply put the bike into the little ring on the front and switch the batteries over to keep riding home.
The batteries provide a minimum of 1000km or 60 hours of riding between charges and need as little as 60mins to recharge using the supplied battery charging pack. The LED lights on the derailluers will guide you as to how much battery is left, showing green if there's plenty, going to red for down to 250km and flashing red for when they're almost completely dead.
The shifts use CR2032 standard coin batteries, which are easy enough to find in your local supermarket, so running out of battery while out will only result in a short detour to a nearby shop or supermarket to buy new ones. Saying that, with a battery life of 24 months, I wouldn't expect that to be happening too often!
The way that you shift with eTAP has changed from the DoubleTap system that SRAM have used in the past. With the eTAP you press the right shifter to shift up the cassette and the left to move down and both shifters together to change the front derailleur. This system also takes out one of the main criticisms of Di2, the eTAP system is much easier to use when riding with bulky gloves as there aren't two buttons right next to each other. As you'd expect from a groupset of this calibre, there is also the ability to add in remote shifters, or as SRAM call them Blips. These small buttons can be attached to the handlebars to allow you to shift from the drops or the tops of your bars without having to remove your hands. With two sets of Blips to each shifter, the choices for positioning are wide and varied to your wants.
This groupset will match and surpass pretty much any other on the market... Some may even call it revolutionary!
This fantastic groupset is now available to buy from York Cycleworks, come in and chat to us for more information!