- SRAM AXS Rival brings wireless shifting to the drop bar masses
- The Rival cranksets include a spindle based Quarq power meter
- With a variety of crank and cassette options, there is a solution for every drop bar bike - and you can even combine huge mountain bike cassettes
The trickle-down of SRAM’s wireless ASX technology, has continued with the recent announcement of Rival eTap AXS.
Rival is SRAMs mid-level group set, known for its bulletproof performance and durability. These attributes make it perfect for those riders who are less concerned with weight and are looking for a groupset that offers all of SRAM’s latest technology at a more affordable price point
Personally, I have clocked 18000km with a Rival groupset fitted to my gravel bike. There have been no issues and only chain, chainring and cassette replacements, despite a life of gravel grinding in tough Gauteng conditions.
Wireless shifting for all riders
SRAM Rival eTap AXS brings the latest technology to the road and gravel bike masses with intuitive wireless shifting, innovative gearing, integrated power measurement, AXS connectivity and refined hydraulic disc brakes.
Rival provides gear ratio options for all kinds of riding. The Rival eTap AXS rear derailleur is compatible with both 1x and 2x drivetrains and can accommodate a cassette up to a 36t for traditional road bike setups.
For those that love taking their drop bar bikes off-road, SRAM has 1x, 2x and mullet builds.
SRAM has used the launch of Rival AXS to debut new hood shapes that have been optimised to fit all hand sizes. This delivers comfortable and controlled braking from any position and there is texturing for better grip in all conditions, especially if you are riding in the rain.
The brake levers are also adjustable for both reach and feel, which should enable riders to find the ideal ergonomics for their specific requirements.
SRAM Rival does not feature any blip ports for expansion or bite point adjustment but the internal electronics of the shifters are said to be the same as those found inside the pricier Force eTap AXS and Red eTap AXS levers. Shifting is simple, with one button to go easier and another to go harder.
The SRAM Rival AXS groupset can be ordered with a choice of aluminium cranksets catering for most road or gravel bikes.
It will measure your power data, too
Big news is that SRAM has taken the reliability, elegance and features of Quarq’s legendary crank-based power meter and elegantly integrated it inside the DUB crank spindle of these cranksets. This change allows for power meter fitments on a wider variety of frames with only a 40g weight penalty.
The spindle based power meter measures left side power to calculate total watts and the AAA battery is said to offer 400-hours of battery life.
This new SRAM crankset is available in a variety of lengths and a tight and consistent 13-tooth gap between chainrings ensures accurate and dependable shifting, it is available in 48/35t and 46/33t configurations.
You can roll big gravel bike tyres with this groupset
The Rival 43/30T wide crankset offers a wider spacing and chainrings for clearing tyres up to 700x45c or 27.5x2.1” in size.
SRAM’s Rival 1 Wide crankset will accommodate direct mount X-SYNC chainrings from 38T to 46T and a wide chain line allows the fitment of the biggest gravel tyres.
The Rival eTap AXS rear derailleur is compatible with both 1x and 2x drivetrains and works with 10-28T, 10-30T, 10-33T and 10-36T cassettes. Unlike the orbit damper technology found on Red and Force derailleurs, the Rival still uses a spring clutch to keep the drivetrain quiet and secure.
The Flattop technology of the Rival chain creates a lighter, quieter, stronger chain that’s compatible with 12-speed 1x and 2x eTap AXS drivetrains. Flattop technology allows for a narrower chain with quieter operation and increased strength and durability.
This new Rival groupset is compatible with all SRAM AXS components including Eagle, which makes it a popular option with riders who want to pair drop bar shifters with the mountain conquering gearing of a 10-52 cassette. Synching components from different ASX groupsets is a simple task with the ASX mobile app.
Local pricing is yet to be confirmed but is predicted to be around R25 000 for the full 1x groupset including a power meter fitted crankset.