You’ve read all the exciting details about SRAM’s completely updated Red eTap AXS 12-speed groupset and its reconfigured gear ratios, and now you want to get your hands on it right? So here’s a list of several road bike brands that will be offering existing models equipped with the new groupset following the launch - we’ll update this list as more new bikes are released in the coming months.
Fitting Red eTap AXS to the top-of-the-line aero bike is a common strategy among bike makers for 2021 as you'll see throughout this guide. Focus' Izalco Max Disc is an all-round road bike with plenty of aero touches rather than an all-out air-slicer, but with DT Swiss ARC 1450 DICUT wheels it's still no slouch.
The flagship of Cube's 2021 range is this go-faster aero bike with Red eTap AXS. Cube claims a reduction in drag of 30% over previous versions and helps it along with DT Swiss ARC 1100 DICUT Carbon 62 wheels.
Trek has three complete bikes with the Red AXS groupset, but it’s also offering the Madone SLR, Emonda SLR, Domane SLR and Speed Concept through its Project One customisation platform.
The speediest bike in Trek's range, the Madone also has the neat trick of employing the IsoSpeed decoupler from the Domane to smooth out beaten up roads.
The latest incarnation of Trek's lightweight Emonda platform also offers the cheapest (or should that be least expensive?) Trek with Red AXS.
If you want a bike for tapping out the miles for hours on end, however crummy the roads get, then with its front and rear Isospeed and frame clearance for up to 38mm tyres, the Domane is the bike for you.
Here's Cannondale's SystemSix aero disc-equipped race bike. What a looker with this black and yellow paint finish! Rolling on Cannondale’s very own HollowGram KNOT wheels with a SRAM XDR driver, and combining a 48/35t crankset with a 10-28t cassette.
If aero isn't your bag, check out Cannondale's SuperSix racing all-rounder in rather splendid champagne pink. (Apparently it's 'lavender' but it sure looks like pink to us!)
Orbea’s all-round Orca, the lightest bike it currently offers, is equipped with the Red eTap AXS groupset with a 48/35 chainset and the 10-28t cassette.
The Italian company has three complete bikes, with its Strada road bike and Exploro aero gravel bike getting the new Red eTap AXS treatment.
The most radical and divisive new bike launched in as long as I can remember, this is a bike that surely benefits from the wider range and closer ratios delivered by the new SRAM eTap Red AXS groupset.
The 2x version of the Strada, like the original Strada but with added front mech provision.
Scott's go-faster flagship gets Red AXS and Zipp wheels.
There’s a healthy range of bikes from Canyon with the new groupset, including the race-ready Aeroad as well as the comfort-focused Endurace.
As you'd expect with BMC's overall air of technological advancement, the Swiss bike maker has embraced Red AXS. Here its lightweight model rolls on DT Swiss PRC 1100 db Dicut Mon Chasseral wheels.
The latest incarnation of BMC's air-slicing superbike gets the AXS treatment and DT Swiss ARC 1100 DICUT Carbon wheels for a stunning package with an equally stunning price tag.
Its Micro Travel Technology seatstays give BMC's flagship gravel bike 10mm of bump absorption out back and it's propelled by a hybrid drivetrain that's mostly Red AXS, but uses SRAM's Eagle AXS cassette and rear derailleur from the mountain bike component range to give a wide gear range with single-chainring simplicity. With WTB 40mm tyres, anything that defeats this bad boy is going to need a mountain bike.
UK brand Mason Cycles offers its aluminium Definition built up with the new SRAM Red eTap AXS groupset.The least expensive bike here by a significant margin, the Definition nevertheless gives little away in terms of ride quality to carbon fibre bikes costing twice as much.
Model year 2021 bikes are in the shops and the first with Red AXS is this updated version of Specialized Diverge gravel bike, which continues the evolution of gravel bikes in a direction that's distinctly 'mountain bike with drop handlebars' — but in a very good way.
The S-Works Diverge gloms together Red AXS controls and an XX1 Eagle AXS rear derailleur and 10-50 cassette for a massive gear range from a single chainring. away from the transmission the new incarnation of the Diverge platform gets a Future Shock 2.0 bump absorber in the steerer, revised geometry for better off-road handling and frame clearance for 47mm 700C tyres or 55mm 650Bs.
No sooner had Specialized made us go "Ooh" with the new Diverge than they unleashed the Aethos and made us go "Blimey!". Binning off the aero obsessions of most recent bike design, Specialized came up with a featherweight frame with deeply old-school round tubes that nevertheless rides like a dream.
Meanwhile, Specialized— whose design department has clearly had a very busy couple of years — was tweaking the Tarmac to improve its aerodynamics. As a result, Specialized no longer offers the ultra-aero Venge as a complete bike; the Tarmac SL7 is as close as makes no difference, they say.
Cervélo puts the Caledonia into a category that it calls 'modern road', meaning that it's intended to tackle tarmac, broken surfaces, potholes and dirt roads. Other brands use the 'all road' label for this kind of bike, although Cervélo is keen to emphasise that the Caledonia is 'race bred', and designed with the Paris-Roubaix pavé in mind.
Designed for flying up climbs and powering along at the front of the peloton, the R5 is Cervelo's stiffest frame.
The world's biggest bike maker has just one UK model with Red eTap AXS—but what a model! The Giant TCR Advanced SL 0 Disc was narrowly edged out by the Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 in the running for road.cc Superbike of the Year, but still earned high praise from the judges who said "The Giant TCR Advanced SL 0 Disc is a lightweight and hugely responsive road bike with aero features, and it puts in a performance that is stunning. This top-of-the range offering is an absolute beaut!"
Using the bike builder at Bespoke we put together a version of Parlee's monocoque aero bike with the Red AXS groupset, Zipp 404 NSW wheels and Parlee carbon seatpost, bars and RZ7 stem. Anybody want to buy some teenagers?
No overview of top-end bikes uwing a new top-end groupset would be complete without the latest version of Pinarello's storied Dogma.
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