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SRAM Force Etap AXS Groupset–Quick Review & Weights

Words by Roadi

on 07/04/2019 22:54:10

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Essentially the only thing missing from the image above is the boxes containing the set of road calliper brakes. After much speculation in the weeks leading up to the unveiling of SRAM Force AXS, it proved to be that the rumours were true and Force electronic was indeed on the cards.

We were glad to be able to get our hands on this 2x road, rim brake setup (barring the brake callipers which are on their way) and so we thought it only right that we took a few shots of our own and did a little video which can be found via this link, or on our YouTube Channel. 

THE CASSETTE

We love the black and gunmetal colouration that SRAM have worked into the force groupset and as you will not in the images below they have rolled out a stunning black cassette snatched across from there MTB selection. So on that note I think that its proper to start with a little look at the cassette. Three options off the shelf for the SRAM Force AXS groupset. Rolling out 12 speed (essentially 12 little cogs) and starting at a small 10 tooth option you can choose a range from 26, 28 or topping out at 33. It is well worth noting that all the cassettes will only work with SRAM XDR freehub bodies.

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As you can see from the images above the cassettes come packed beautifully and with clear branding on the cassette. The example above is of the 10-26T version and weighed on our Park Tool scale at 223g

THE CHAIN

The Force AXS chain is also a brand new and follows in the footsteps of its older Red AXS brother in that it is a flat-topped chain. Due to the design and narrowness a little more material was added to the build resulting in the ‘cool’ looking and very functional flat-top.
We didn’t take our specimen out of the box to get an accurate weight (when we do we will update the article and pop it in here). Below are some of our snaps.

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Its worth noting that the chain is 114 links and comes with a Powerlock and is of course, 12 speed!

THE BRAKES

So we mentioned that we forgot to add the brakes into the review wen we originally did it so here they now are. 

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Out the box I weighed the front and rear callipers (including the fixing bolt) and the eights are as seen. Note the gunmetal grey finish with embossed Force branding on the outside arm of each calliper. The callipers come as a single individually boxed so make sure you order the right one if for some reason you only require a single… or one of each when ordering the ‘set’.

Front Calliper: 156g (including pads and fixing bolt)
Rear Calliper: 151g (including pads and fixing bolt)

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From behind they appear pretty standard when it comes to design with pre-tensioned springs and pivots.

THE CRANKSET

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The Force Etap AXS crankset is a beautiful piece of art and continues in the black and gunmetal colour theme with the Force branding silhouetted across the drive side crank. Crank lengths can be purchased as standard in the regular options of 170mm, 172.5mm and 175mm lengths. Each of those lengths offers either a 46-33T or a 48-35T configuration. Cranks are upgradable to power, but not backward compatible with pre AXS Quarq power modules.

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The crankset comes smartly packed as does the rest of the component range. Note the dub spindle which easily works with the range of SRAM Dub bottom brackets. The non-drive-side crank arm has a small preload adjuster on the spindle to get your spacing just right.

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As can be seen in the second from left image above the rings are a four-bolt configuration and the spindle fits neatly into the spline-star interface of the chainrings and drive-side crank arm. The weights for the 2 piece SRAM Force Etap crankset (this one above being the 46/33T option) are and as shown in the images above and weighed on our Park Tool scales:

- Non drive side crank arm and spindle (172.5mm): 286g
- Drive side spider and chainrings (172.5mm arm and 46/33T rings): 443g

THE ELECTRONIC GROUPSET COMPONENTS

We loved the way that the original SRAM Red Etap groupset came boxed and the SRAM Force AXS Etap electronics are delivered in the same style. Showing the love for what will eventually adorn your bike.

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In the box you have the 2 electronic shifter levers, and this set is for 2x calliper brake options, so under the neat packaging you will find a set of brake cable outers and inner cable wires. Force branded levers and derailleurs. The Force rear derailleur having the same fluid dampening system as its older SRAM Red Etap AXS brother. The levers and operations can be customised using the SRAM AXS app and the batteries are interchangeable between the front and rear derailleurs.

We again weighed the components and electronics in the box with our Park Tool scales and these can be seen in the images below.

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- Etap Battery: 28g (that included the little red protection cover)
- Left Etap 2x rim brake lever: 152g (assuming the right lever will be the same)
- Rear Etap Force AXS Derailleur: 305g (no battery and with little red protection cover)
- Front Etap Force AXS Derailleur: 156g (again no battery and including the little red protection cover)

SUMMARY

All-in-all a very smart looking groupset. From the ride reviews we have read it performs as well as it looks. We can’t wait to get it on a custom build very soon and see for ourselves how it operated. If its anything like the original Red Etap we can’t wait! Like we mentioned earlier you can viwe the video clip of this unboxing on our YouTube channel and if you have any questions drop us a line and we would love to answer them.

You can get your hands on the above from our website or BUY SRAM FORCE AXS ETAP GROUPSET.