With SRAM eTap the next evolution in shifting has arrived! Recently at a ZWIFT event at SRAM Global HQ in Chicago, IL we were able to test SRAM eTap. Shifting was effortless and flawless every time. Easy and intuitive to use, beautiful to behold, and simple to set up, SRAM have defined what a road bike can and should be.
Let’s start up front with the shifters. The first thing you’ll notice is that there are no wires, and the only cables go to the brakes. That’s because eTap shifts wirelessly, using SRAM’s ultrasecure Airea wireless protocol. Designed to be unbreakable, and interference-free, so you never have to worry about losing a shift to interference from other radio operated devices (like garage door openers, phones, etc…) or worry about someone hijacking your system.
So how does that work with electronic shifting you may ask?
Simple. SRAM has re-imagined how a bike shifts, drawing inspiration from F1 paddle-style shifters. To shift to a harder gear, click the right lever. To shift to an easier gear, click the left lever. To shift the front, click both levers at (about) the same time. Admittedly, it does take a few minutes to get used to…but only a few minutes. It’s simple, intuitive, and easy. The lever also has a really nice, firm, tactile feedback ‘click’ sensation, so you’ll get positive feedback that you’ve shifted in the heat of battle or while wearing gloves.
Category Cafe highly recommends the SRAM eTap wireless solution if you are in the market for a new bike or new brake / derailleur system.