eTap AXS’ X-Range gearing provides a harder hard gear for the world’s best sprinters, and lets them cover the flats and climbs more efficiently as well. And pros are already taking advantage of this capability. Chantal Blaak bagged the first Spring Classic win at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Marcel Kittel (Germany) scored a win at Trofeo Palma, and Tom Pidcock earned a set rainbow stripes on RED eTap AXS at U23 Cyclocross World Championships; to name a few.
In a discipline steeped in tradition, X-Range’s smaller chainrings might appear undergeared, but paired with a 10-tooth small cog on the cassette; it adds up to a higher top-end gear than was available before. For example, the RED eTap AXS 50-tooth chainring option paired with a 10-tooth cog produces the exact same gear ratio as a massive 55-tooth chainring with an 11-tooth cog.
While new groupset launches typically focus on WorldTour road racing, our cyclocross athletes have been doing a significant amount of racing and testing on eTap AXS as well. The rear derailleur’s Orbit chain management is crucial to off-road success. Multi-time world champ Wout van Aert, a master at race prep, has ridden eTap AXS throughout the season. Our cyclocross athletes now also have a dedicated 1x electronic groupset, whereas before they were having to choose between 2x eTap or Force 1 mechanical.