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Want a bike with SRAM's wireless groupset? Here are 11 of the most interesting options

With its lack of wires and no need to hide a battery somewhere, SRAM's eTap electronic shifting has been a big hit among bike manufacturers. Almost every bike maker has at least one eTap bike at the top of its range. Let's take a look at some of them.

Manufacturers like eTap because building a bike is easy, with no wires to thread through the frame, and it also cuts down the build time; riders like its performance and the appearance, with no wires attached.

In this guide we're looking at rim-braked bikes

>>Read more: SRAM Red eTap review — supremely impressive with an intuitive shifting layout that sets a new benchmark

>>Read more: SRAM eTap HRD disc brake road bikes — the ultimate combination of braking and shifting tech?

BMC Teammachine SLR01 One — £7,000

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For this go-faster Swiss gem, BMC has paired the SRAM eTap shifting with DT Swiss PRC 1400 Spline carbon wheels and the rarely-seen TRP 980 direct-mount brakes. While BMC has softened the edges of its roadmachine bikes, the teammachines are still unabashed race bikes. If you can't win races or set sportive personal bests on this, it's not the bike's fault.

Merida Scultura 9000-E — £7,200

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Given Merida's design aim of extreme low weight for the top model of Scultura frame, it's not surprising there's a SRAM eTap edition of this bike. Merida rounds out the set-up with Fulcrum Quattro carbon wheels for a claimed weight of just 6.45kg.

Canyon Ultimate CF Evo 10.0 Ltd — £11,799

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There's a Spinal Tap 'none more black' gag begging to be made about the Canyon Ultimate CF Evo 10.0, Canyon's money-no-object ultralight flagship. Its stratospheric price tag comes in part from the inclusion of components like Lightweight Meilenstein clincher wheels and THM-Carbones Clavicula M³ SRM powermeter crank, and the rest from the new, stronger carbon fibre used in the frame.

If that has your wallet quivering with fear, Canyon also offers the £2,699 Canyon Ultimate CF SL 9.0, which is currently the least expensive eTap bike available. At two and a half grand it's still a long way from cheap, but the combination of the Ultimate CF SL's superb frame and eTap shifting is compelling. (Hat-tip to commenter rcdavies who reminded us that Canyon had a wallet-friendly offering.)

Bianchi Oltre XR4 — £8,400

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Bianchi's CounterVail frame technology is arguably the most advanced comfort enhancement in carbon-fibre frames, and it's a feature of the Oltre XR4 along with Fulcrum Racing Zero carbon wheels and Vittoria's highly-regarded Corsa G+ Isotech graphene tyres. Not light or expensive enough for you? Bianchi also offers an eTap build of the ultralight Specialissima for £9,200.

Boardman SLR Endurance 9.9 — £4,770

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Boardman was among the first bike brands to announce an eTap-equipped model for 2016, and while the SLR Endurance carbon frame still has all the holes for a conventional groupset, there are plans for one with fewer holes in the future. Like Raleigh, Boardman also goes for Zipp 202 wheels and Zipp handlebar and stem.

Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod Red eTap — £5,400

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The excellent SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod (you can read our review here) is being offered with SRAM’s eTap groupset in a £6k build that also includes Cannondale’s own Hollowgram Si carbon clincher wheels and the company’s own finishing kit.

Specialized Tarmac S-Works eTap — £6,250-£7,750

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Because eTap is wireless it makes the traditional internal cable routing ports on a frame redundant, but so far few manufacturers have produced frames without holes. Step forward Specialized which has produced a version of its S-Works Tarmac frame for electronic groupsets, cutting down the number of holes in the frame.

This is a 2017 model, but it's still available. For 2018, Specialized's eTap-equipped bikes — S-Works editions of the Venge, Ruby and Roubaix — all have disc brakes.

>>Read more: First look — Specialized 2017 road bike range

Giant TCR Advanced SL 0 Red eTap — £6,159.19

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Giant has two rim-braked eTap bikes in its 2018 range, this and the women's Liv Langma Advanced SL 0 which is essentially the same bike but in a women-specific configuration. Both models come with SRAM's Quark crank power meter, a spec combination that seems to be a bit of a mini-trend this year.

There are also several disc-braked eTap bikes in the Giant range, as the company has gone big with disks for 2018, speccing them on almost all of its Propel aero bikes.

>>Read more: Your complete guide to Giant's 2018 road bike range

Trek Madone 9.9 Project One — £9,950

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Trek doesn't have an eTap bike in its 2018 range, but if you want one of Wisconsin's finest with wireless shifting there's a loophole: Project One custom bikes. It's not a cheap option though.

Orbea Orca M11i Pro — £4,799

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Orbea has several eTap bikes of which this is the most affordable by some margin. The Orca is the company’s race bike, it’s been constantly refined and honed over the past 10 years, and is specced here with SRAM Red eTap, Vision Trimax 30 Clincher wheels and Vittoria Rubino Pro tyres.

Rose X-Lite CRS Red eTap — £3,294.62

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​Rose has several offerings with eTap, starting with this, one of the cheapest bikes we know of with wireless shifting. Rose claims a very impressive 6.3kg weight, without pedals.

The neat thing about buying a Rose is that you can customise the specification of the bike using its easy online configurator, so you could change the wheels, handlebar, tyres etc.

Planet X EC-130E SRAM Red Etap 11 Aero — £2,699.99

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As is so often the case, Planet X takes the prize for one of the cheapest bikes in category, with this version of the well-liked EC-130E aero bike — and it's now £300 cheaper than when we updated this guide in February. The spec is solid but unremarkable, and we'd be tempted to upgrade the wheels and tyres through Planet X's customisation function, but you'd then still be looking at very keen value for money.

Will your next bike be one of these?

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macbob [47 posts] 2 years ago
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Focus Paralane has an e-tap version. And disc brakes.

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alexn [42 posts] 2 years ago
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Stinner do a custom build one as well. Rides like a dream!

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kev-s [302 posts] 2 years ago
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Colnago will build you a custom C60/V1-R frame for Etap with no cable holes

You can even specify if you want disc or caliper brakes

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surly_by_name [570 posts] 2 years ago
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I'd get the holes - obviously a frame with holes will be lighter due to less material being used. 

Actually I'd be nervous buying a bike without the option to switch groupsets at some point in the future. If you've got a matt black frame a bit of electrical tape makes the existing cable holes almost invisible to the naked eye anyway.

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joules1975 [557 posts] 1 year ago
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surly_by_name wrote:

I'd get the holes - obviously a frame with holes will be lighter due to less material being used. 

 

I realise you were joking, but purely as a bit of geeky info, putting a hole in a carbon frame for a cable or bottle boss or similiar actually ADDs weight. Yeah, I know, doesn't make sense, until you understand that they have to add material around the hole, normally out of a stiffer and heavier carbon, in order to ensure that making a hole doesn't weaken a frame. The extra strengthening material easily weighs more than the material removed to make the hole in the first place.

If they haven't needed to add the extra material, the frame is overbuilt in the first place.

 

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Disfunctional_T... [315 posts] 1 year ago
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For those in the states, BikesDirect has a titanium frame eTap build for $3,200.  I believe the BikesDirect frames are built in Taiwan by ORA Engineering.

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Sub4 [72 posts] 1 year ago
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Would be more attractive if the paddles could be customised. To me, the shifting would be more intuitive if the paddles pushed the chain in the direction of the push. Others may prefer it as it is. Fine. Give us the customisation!

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rcdavies [36 posts] 1 year ago
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Surprised the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 SL doesn't make the list at £4,499

https://www.canyon.com/en-gb/road/ultimate/2017/ultimate-cf-slx-9-0-sl.html

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darrenleroy [291 posts] 1 year ago
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Sub4 wrote:

Would be more attractive if the paddles could be customised. To me, the shifting would be more intuitive if the paddles pushed the chain in the direction of the push. Others may prefer it as it is. Fine. Give us the customisation!

 

I totally agree with you. What sort of a mentalist would have it the other way? There probably is an easy way of swapping these around. Any tech geeks out there know if it's possible?

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sunnyape [43 posts] 1 year ago
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darrenleroy wrote:
Sub4 wrote:

Would be more attractive if the paddles could be customised. To me, the shifting would be more intuitive if the paddles pushed the chain in the direction of the push. Others may prefer it as it is. Fine. Give us the customisation!

I totally agree with you. What sort of a mentalist would have it the other way? There probably is an easy way of swapping these around. Any tech geeks out there know if it's possible?

If you mean you want your right hand pushing the lever inward would result in moving the chain inward, that would then flip the logic on the other side where your left hand pushing the lever inward would result in moving the chain outward. Zero sum gain, from a certain persepective.

It's like the argument of right or left handed operation of the front brake. If you've always ridden right handed front braked bikes, that is normal to you.

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darrenleroy [291 posts] 1 year ago
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sunnyape wrote:
darrenleroy wrote:
Sub4 wrote:

Would be more attractive if the paddles could be customised. To me, the shifting would be more intuitive if the paddles pushed the chain in the direction of the push. Others may prefer it as it is. Fine. Give us the customisation!

I totally agree with you. What sort of a mentalist would have it the other way? There probably is an easy way of swapping these around. Any tech geeks out there know if it's possible?

If you mean you want your right hand pushing the lever inward would result in moving the chain inward, that would then flip the logic on the other side where your left hand pushing the lever inward would result in moving the chain outward. Zero sum gain, from a certain persepective.

It's like the argument of right or left handed operation of the front brake. If you've always ridden right handed front braked bikes, that is normal to you.

 

What do you mean: 'moving the chain inward'? What sunnyape is saying and I'm agreeing with is that the left hand pushing the lever would push the chain away from your hand (into a harder gear) and the right hand pushing the lever would push the chain away from your hand (into an easier gear). At present pushing the left lever results in the chain coming towards your left hand and vice versa. This just seems bonkers.
 

The brake analogy doesn't work.

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PaulBox [681 posts] 1 year ago
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darrenleroy wrote:
Sub4 wrote:

Would be more attractive if the paddles could be customised. To me, the shifting would be more intuitive if the paddles pushed the chain in the direction of the push. Others may prefer it as it is. Fine. Give us the customisation!

I totally agree with you. What sort of a mentalist would have it the other way? There probably is an easy way of swapping these around. Any tech geeks out there know if it's possible?

I think that you're over thinking it, when you use the levers it feels as natural as can be. After all you're not really pushing like you do on manual levers, you're just tapping them.

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Bob F [47 posts] 1 year ago
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PaulBox wrote:
darrenleroy wrote:
Sub4 wrote:

Would be more attractive if the paddles could be customised. To me, the shifting would be more intuitive if the paddles pushed the chain in the direction of the push. Others may prefer it as it is. Fine. Give us the customisation!

I totally agree with you. What sort of a mentalist would have it the other way? There probably is an easy way of swapping these around. Any tech geeks out there know if it's possible?

I think that you're over thinking it, when you use the levers it feels as natural as can be. After all you're not really pushing like you do on manual levers, you're just tapping them.

Agree with PaulBox. eTap on my 'travel bike'. Very intuitive after an extremely short while. Back home on my smoother di2 [7970 10sp] - still miss shifting a week later. I feel another upgrade lurking.

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jollygoodvelo [1720 posts] 1 year ago
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Can't help thinking that if you're going wireless you really have to have a frame without any surplus cable stops, holes etc.  And if you're spending nearly £1800 on the groupset you really should be having a custom frame... Etap and titanium looks just right.

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MarkiMark [76 posts] 9 months ago
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....and how long before Shimano and Campagnolo go wireless. Holes in frames will be a thing of the past (for gears at least, until we get wireless braking)

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Devastazione [50 posts] 9 months ago
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MarkiMark wrote:

....and how long before Shimano and Campagnolo go wireless. Holes in frames will be a thing of the past (for gears at least, until we get wireless braking)

 

Campagnolo wireless ? They still have to come out with disc brakes and they are on the verge of bankruptcy,I don't see them coming out with a wireless group.

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lio [9 posts] 5 months ago
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Devastazione wrote:
MarkiMark wrote:

....and how long before Shimano and Campagnolo go wireless. Holes in frames will be a thing of the past (for gears at least, until we get wireless braking)

 

Campagnolo wireless ? They still have to come out with disc brakes and they are on the verge of bankruptcy,I don't see them coming out with a wireless group.

 

Campag have had disc breaks available since last summer. Making up fibs about them being on the verge of bankruptcy is just daft.

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schlepcycling [92 posts] 5 months ago
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Mason Cycles do a lovely Definition with eTap https://masoncycles.cc/products/definition-red-etap

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I am a human [53 posts] 5 months ago
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The non S-Works Tarmac Expert eTap is currently on sale in a few medium to large sizes for £3500 and it's in the second best bike colour ever!

https://www.specializedconceptstore.co.uk/product/6181/2017-tarmac-exper...

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sergius [555 posts] 5 months ago
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I am a human wrote:

The non S-Works Tarmac Expert eTap is currently on sale in a few medium to large sizes for £3500 and it's in the second best bike colour ever!

https://www.specializedconceptstore.co.uk/product/6181/2017-tarmac-exper...

 

No discs and cheap wheels!  The disc brake thing may be personal (i'm never buying rim brakes again), but I can't get over people selling £3k++ bikes with cheap shallow wheels.

 

The frame looks nice though I'll admit  1

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Kadinkski [777 posts] 5 months ago
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sergius wrote:

No discs and cheap wheels!  The disc brake thing may be personal (i'm never buying rim brakes again), but I can't get over people selling £3k++ bikes with cheap shallow wheels.

 

They're normally selling it for £5k!

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MarkiMark [76 posts] 3 months ago
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I got an Enigma Evade around new yesr, with no holes for cables, and just a simple external guide for the rear brake. Beautiful and simple beyond words.

Generally agree with some comments about customisability with changers, although I'm perfectly happy with right=up and left =down (gear not block), totally intuitive.

For info, I have two additional blips positioned under the bars where I usually hold them on hills. I can change gear while on the tops, brilliant. In my own special use case I did consider swapping the blips over so I had a downshift on the right as well as an upshift lever on the right. This is because I cycle every day for a short distance from my local Tesco/Sainsbury to home holding a bag in my left hand, so being able to change up and down with just my right hand would be useful. Difficult to achieve though without exposing blip cable.

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700c [1260 posts] 3 months ago
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Strikes me as a lot of money to avoid two cables.

this talk of simplicity by not having cable holes or guides amuses me, when a whole load of electronic complexity is introduced with motors, batteries,broadcasters receivers etc lol!

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ridein [203 posts] 3 months ago
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OOPS: "Manufacturers like eTap", Would you say a mnufacturer like Focus? instead of a mnufacturer like Ford.

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CAF2012 [6 posts] 3 months ago
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“OOPS: "Manufacturers like eTap", Would you say a mnufacturer like Focus? instead of a mnufacturer like Ford.”

In this context, yes - as they mean that cycle manufacturers have a preference for this groupset. It’s not referring to the manufacturer of the groupset.