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SRAM eTap AXS or Not?

Old 10-05-22, 12:24 PM
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SRAM eTap AXS or Not?

I have a full SRAM Force etap AXS mullet setup, and I'm not sure if I should use it.

-- Force etap AXS HDR brake/shift levers
-- Eagle X01 AXS Rear derailleur
-- e-thirteen 9-50t cassette for XD/XDR

My current setup seems to work flawlessly:
-- SRAM Rival 1 rear derailleur
-- 11-50t cassette
-- Senseh Empire 11 speed levers
-- cable actuated TRP calipers.

It would be nice to have the 9 tooth top gear and hydraulic brakes, but that seems to be about it. Am I missing something?
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Old 10-16-22, 08:05 PM
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I have about 1200 miles on a full Rival AXS setup running their 43/30 crankset and a 10-36. Based on the AXS data I rarely use the 10, 11 and even the 12 riding SE Michigan gravel at 18-20 MPH. So for me any gain on the 9-tooth is not beneficial, but that's me. I don't spend too much time above a gear ratio of 3.3 but I spin a bit faster than most I think.

The AXS responds quickly and affirmatively and the disc brakes are awesome, but I'm also coming from Shimano 105/5700 and Avid Shorty 4 canti brakes. YMMV. I would not hesitate to go with Rival AXS on another build and yours will be lighter, if not mechanically better (as I understand AXS internals are all pretty much the same).
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Nope, I'll send you my address and you can ship it.

Serious answer, why not? Its a nice set up in general. I've set my daughter's bike up with rival AXS and find the shifting on it to be smooth, consistent and reliable. Hydraulic brakes are actually a nice improvement over cable in my experience and opinion. The 9t I could pass on and I tend towards thinking they're a stupid concept. The smaller cog has more resistance, higher wear, and requires a specific hub based on the brand of the cassette; I also have the issue of jr gearing that says a 9t cog will need a silly small chainring. But just this week my daughter crashed on a cross course and bent her hanger, the axs rear derailleur has no issues and worked perfect after aligning the hanger. Likewise, she smacked the shifter into the ground, and has annoyingly enough dropped the bike several times, yet there's no trouble with the shifters just working either. I'd go for it.
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