Riders from the French team AG2R La Mondiale are using SRAM wireless shifting in the Giro d’Italia and here it is on one of the Focus bikes that they used for the team time trial on Saturday.
We know that SRAM wireless is certainly coming and have run several stories on it in the past, including a video. It has been used by pro riders at various events over the last 18 months. We don’t have a release date for the new technology although it’s almost certain to be before the end of the current race season.
SRAM is joining the electronic shifting party late, three pro teams having first used Shimano Di2 in 2009 with Campagnolo not far behind with their EPS system.
SRAM’s USP is that its system comes without cables. Each shifter and mech houses a battery, hence the chunkiness of the front mech shown above.
It's certainly starting to look like SRAM is getting close to the finished product and that a launch is imminent.
The word is that one shifter moves the rear mech inwards, one moves it outwards, while pushing both together moves the front mech.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.