SRAM Force Wide is the topic of the second Late Night in the Shop episode. In it, Mark V discusses how SRAM updated Force eTap AXS. The group now includes a 10-36T cassette with a 43/30T chainring option. The matching wide front derailleur is for increased tire clearance. The new SRAM Force eTap AXS 36T-max rear derailleur is for 2x or 1x, tarmac, gravel or anything, really.
Ultimately, while Mark and I are running various 1x setups, like Eagle eTap AXS, Force Wide offers another option.
SRAM Force Wide Dropper
Of particular interest to us, in the launch, is the Force 1 hydraulic disc brake with seatpost remote. Made for cable-actuated height adjustable seatposts, the paddle that’s usually assigned to a front derailleur (on a 2x lever set) now actuates your dropper post. Way to use a shifter paddle!
What you need to know about the group is it’s for those riding road bikes on dirt roads. It offers
- Wider and lower gearing choices for adventuring and touring
- Never run out of gears and always find a comfortable cadence
- Accommodates wider tires (700 x 45 and 27.5 x 2.1)
- Riders can focus on the adventure, not their equipment.
Check with your local shop for availability. We’ll have a group to test soon enough. And, another episode of Late Night in the Shop is coming up.…