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SRAM’s eTap electronic shifting now compatible with wide-ranging WiFLi gears

Now you can run a wide-ranging cassette with wireless electronic shifting

SRAM is now offering its Red eTap wireless electronic groupset with a new WiFLi rear derailleur that’s compatible with wide-ranging cassettes that feature a 30-tooth or even a 32-tooth sprocket.

When SRAM launched Red eTap a year ago, it was compatible with cassettes with a maximum sprocket size of 28-tooth. 

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The advantage of the WiFLi option – WiFLi is short for ‘wider, faster, lighter’ – is obviously that you can run lower gears to take the pain out of tough climbs.

The new derailleur is designed to work with SRAM PowerGlide and PowerdomeX cassettes, and the minimum cassette size that you can use is 11-26T.

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The SRAM Red eTap WiFLi rear derailleur, compatible with existing SRAM Red eTap Shift-Brake Controls, is said to weigh 243g with the battery attached. That’s compares with 239g for the short cage version.  

It will retail at £485 when it becomes available in December.

If you already have SRAM Red eTap and want to switch over to a WiFLi system, the kit you need (SRAM Red eTap WiFLi rear derailleur and battery, SRAM XG-1190 11-32 cassette, SRAM Red 22 chain) will be £745.

SRAM already offers WiFLi options for all of its other road groupsets so the introduction of this new Red eTap rear derailleur was wholly expected.

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Picture and main picture above: Victor Lucas

SRAM announced the introduction of hydraulic disc brakes to the Red eTap groupset six weeks ago, so it’s now possible to fit a bike with wireless electronic shifting, an 11-32-tooth cassette, and hydro braking. 

For more info go to www.sram.com

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.

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tigger.mike | 7 years ago
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I'm just about to climb on my trusty steed to go home and that has a 32T cassette on it and it works perfectly with Ultegra Di2.

The only thing that complains about it are my legs, but less than they used to...

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part_robot | 7 years ago
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For Danger Dicko; long Ultegra Di2 supports 32T

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fukawitribe replied to part_robot | 7 years ago
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part_robot wrote:

For Danger Dicko; long Ultegra Di2 supports 32T

Aye, IIRC a number of teams in the pro peloton were using the Ultegra Di2 rear mech with the Dura Ace groupset to support the larger cassettes where needed.

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kil0ran replied to part_robot | 7 years ago
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part_robot wrote:

For Danger Dicko; long Ultegra Di2 supports 32T

Only 11-speed Di2 I think? 6770 was limited to 11-28T

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Danger Dicko | 7 years ago
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This is great.

My Ultegra Di2 is limited by only being able to go up to 28t on my cassette.

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sneakerfrfeak replied to Danger Dicko | 7 years ago
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Danger Dicko wrote:

This is great.

My Ultegra Di2 is limited by only being able to go up to 28t on my cassette.

Could try one of these http://www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/expand-your-road-bikes-gearin...

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kil0ran | 7 years ago
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The sooner this arrives at Rival level the better, so simple to install it will open the floodgates on mass-market electronic shifting.

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