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At first glance, the “new” Force AXS group looks like a shiny, completely new group. Fresh graphics with subtle-yet-shiny paint catches the eye, and the one-piece chainrings and slimmer brake hoods give it a sharper, higher-end look. Both are huge improvements to the group.
Hiding under the hood, though, are a big collection of incremental running changes that have been added to both Red and Force groups over the years and finally getting codified here. As a quick background, SRAM does a great job of making continuous minor updates and improvements to their products, but, and perhaps surprising for the brand, a really bad job of talking about them. So many of the “new” things “introduced” here formally have actually been on the group for some time.
A few more noteworthy things: They’re (finally) dropping “eTap” from the name. It’s now just Force AXS, not Force eTap AXS. And, along with 2x Force AXS road group, the 1x XPLR gravel group becomes a proper “Force” group with the same updates, graphics, and details. Together, they’re a more cohesive collection of high-end yet approachable drivetrains for drop bar bikes. 2023 SRAM Force AXS details
If you recall, Red eTap launched as their sole 12-speed electronic group. Then, when the AXS version came out, Force AXS debuted alongside it, giving their first 2nd tier electronic group.
Now, it gets its own launch, thankfully drops the eTap nomenclature, and […]
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