If you haven't heard there's a new SRAM Red groupset coming, where have you been? Up until now the leaked pictures have been very blurry and details sparse, making it very difficult to confirm or deny if they were genuine... but these latest pictures shared on Twitter confirm many of our predictions and match the spy shots that we shared earlier this month.
SRAM Red is certainly due for an update. The latest version, 12-speed SRAM Red eTap AXS, was introduced nearly five years ago and SRAM has revamped Force, Rival and Apex since then.
Speculation began when we spotted unseen SRAM eTap AXS shifters at the end of 2022 on the bikes of cyclocross stars Lars van der Haar, Lucinda Brand and Shirin van Anrooij. Looking closer at the latest leaked images, shared by Baohua@TCR&TARMAC on X/Twitter, the new levers appear to be sleeker, featuring a smaller shifter. Additionally, the reduced size of the hood and a less aggressive upward slope suggest a design choice aimed at enhancing ergonomics.
There is also a rubber cover at the top of the shifter which is likely to be for adjusting the reach.
At the rear of the groupset, counting the cassette cogs all but confirms that the latest generation of SRAM Red AXS will be 12-speed, and the batteries look similar to the current generation.
The cassette pictured looks to be 10-33T, but considering that Jumbo-Visma used 10-36T SRAM Red cassettes last season, it is reasonable to expect that this option will be available.
The rear mech and jockey wheels show that weight saving seems to have been a big focus. Quite a bit of the rear derailleur and jockey wheels seem to have been hollowed out.
The leaked image shares similarities with the latest generation SRAM XX SL Eagle AXS mountain bike jockey wheels (pictured above) which feature a Magic Wheel. This allows the outer ring to rotate freely from the inner spoked hub, meaning you can keep pedalling even when a stick gets stuck in the derailleur.
Whilst we can see limited use for this on the road, the SRAM Red groupset has typically been used for both road and gravel.
This isn't the first time we've seen tech trickle down from mountain bike to road. For example, Shimano's Shadow Plus technology for single chainring groupsets was developed for mountain bikes and has since trickled down road, cyclocross and gravel. This helps to stop the chain from bouncing around.
The chain in the leaked images also appears to be a new addition to the SRAM Red AXS groupset, again utilising mountain bike technology.
This isn't the first time that SRAM has used a chain with cutouts in the outer plates. However, we would hope that it's cheaper than the current XX SL Eagle Flattop T-Type chain which retails at €180/£160.
These images give us a closer look at what the new callipers and disc rotors could look like. Like the rear mech and jockey wheels, pieces also appear to have been cut out of both the rotor and calliper to remove excess weight.
These leaked images haven't escaped the notice of online forums, with many speculating that a new SRAM Red groupset is anticipated to be launched in mid-May.
With these leaks already happening, it surely won't be long until we get a better look at the remaining components...
Would you choose this groupset over Shimano Dura-Ace Di2? Let us know in the comments section below.
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