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Is eTap ready for primetime

Old 03-24-16, 06:44 AM
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Is eTap ready for primetime

Specialized is warrantying my 2013 Sworks Tarmac for problems with replacing the cups on the BB30. Mike's Bikes wants $250 to $300 for the teardown and build. I am running a SRAM Red gruppo from 2012 with at least 25k miles on it. If I am going to change the gruppo I figure now would be the time to do it. I am wondering if others have tried it and if SRAM eTap works well or one should still hold off for a later generation. With Di2 needing Shimano cranks it might really be rubbing salt in the wounds as not having to replace the existing cranks and install an adapter was one of the things that pushed Specialized to have to warranty the frame.
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At least one person that posts regularly here was eTap. He likes it a lot. The only concern I might have in your situation is cost. ETap isn't cheap so you might price it out and compare with di2
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Well world tour teams who uses Sram already using eTap and i haven't heard any problems.

They were already testing it for years so i don't think you should wait for next generation if you can afford it.
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You will be fine going with eTap, though it may be awhile to get a set as I hear most places are back-ordered. And you can use the Specialized cranks if that is what you have on your bike - you can use them with eTap or Di2.

The one issue I have heard of is that on some cranks, the front derailleur rubs the crank arm. There is a way to fix it, but I am not up to speed on all the details.
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Originally Posted by Robius View Post
Well world tour teams who uses Sram already using eTap and i haven't heard any problems.

They were already testing it for years so i don't think you should wait for next generation if you can afford it.
Last season IIRC there were lots of dropped chains and dead derailleurs as I recall. One instance was a SRAM AG2R bike, OTTOMH.

AFAIK AG2R and Katusha are the only SRAM teams for 2016.

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You will be fine going with eTap, though it may be awhile to get a set as I hear most places are back-ordered. And you can use the Specialized cranks if that is what you have on your bike - you can use them with eTap or Di2.

The one issue I have heard of is that on some cranks, the front derailleur rubs the crank arm. There is a way to fix it, but I am not up to speed on all the details.
Ironically Di2 aftermarket parts tend to always be sold out too.
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