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Sram rival e tap axs 12 speed?

  • 01-02-2022 9:00pm
    Registered Users Posts: 838 ✭✭✭ byrnem31

    I had an option of a cube agree with mechanical 11 speed ultegra at 8.4kg ordrered for june, cost €2750.

    The next option that i could have got right away was the cube agree pro with sram rival e tap axs at 9.2kg, its a heavy groupset, at €3150. 400 quid more yet nearly a 1kg heavier.

    Ive heard poor reviews about sram rival etap. A guy from waterford with a pro model said its noisy and clunky. So i went with the mechanical ultegra model.

    However, i feel i havent future proofed my bike as electronic shifting seems to be bees knees lately. A bit like tubless which i bloody hate by the way. Is sram e tap axs crap or how do people find it?

    I think bicycles are getting a bit too complicated just like motorcycles. They made motorcycles like cars and they became more difficult to work on which took the fun out of having a motorcycle around your mates and trying to fix it before going out for a blast. I was a motorcyclist for 24 years.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,582 ✭✭✭ fat bloke

    There was a time when the bicycle industry thought lighter was better, and if you wanted lightness you paid through the nose for it.

    You, on the other hand, have got yourself a significantly lighter version of bike for significantly less money. What a wonderful time to be alive! You made the right choice as far as I'm concerned.

  • I've only had the pleasure of riding a bike with electronic shifting twice and it's lovely but it's not the same feel or sound as mechanical is it? It's more like clicking a mouse on your computer but the shift is instant. I have to say I actually love moving up through the gears on Shimano mechanical.

    I assume the pros using these have a best of both worlds, a heavy groupo and a frame and wheels that come in as close to 6.8kg minimum weight as possible and that's what 10k+ gets you. Maybe the groupo helps the lads on smaller bikes stay UCI legal now and they don't have to bulk it out with the deep section rims?

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 17,123 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Weepsie

    Do bikes need future proofing?

    You'll be able to sort out any issues with that mechanical groupset handily enough for 20+ years if youre so inclined.

    Your at the whim of srams support for the electronic one though

  • Registered Users Posts: 266 ✭✭ Euppy

    Yep, I'm with Weepsie. Sram don't seem to have much/any replacement parts for their 11 speed etap. I think you are much more future proofed with the shimano mechanical