If you read about SRAM's new Force eTap AXS wireless groupset recently, you might very well be wondering what bike brands will be offering bikes specced with the new groupset? According to SRAM the new Force is available now, but it looks like only a handful of bike brands will sell you a bike immediately, with some just listing the bike as being available soon.
We reckon SRAM's most affordable eTap groupset will be a popular seller once it becomes readily available. It brings all the same tech found on Red eTap AXS to a much lower price point but with only a 300g weight penalty. People have been calling for a lower priced eTap ever since it first came out, the wireless groupset clearly finding a lot of fans and would-be owners.
It's up against Shimano's excellent Ultegra Di2 groupset in terms of range hierarchy and price, at least if you go on RRP prices - R8070 Di2 Disc costs £1,999 - but of course Shimano's groupset has been out for a few years and discounted quite aggressively.
What do you get with Force?
All the same technology and radical approach to gearing as first seen on Red eTap AXS earlier this year. X-Range comprises three cassettes - 10-26, 10-28 and 10-33 - starting with a 10-tooth sprocket using an XDR driver body, and a choice of two chainsets - 48/35 and 46/33 - and of course, single ring options.
There's a wide choice of configurations to suit your preferences. You can be disc brakes or rim brakes, 2x or 1x, and even an aero option. Each groupset uses the same rear mech encasing the Orbit fluid damper for secure chain retention, and a novel looking Flattop chain.
AXS is the connectivity of the different components via an optional smartphone app that lets you customise, personalise and monitor the groupset. As mentioned, it's optional and not required to use the new groupset.
When can I buy a bike with Force
We've had a ferret around the internet and it seems some bike brands are listing and selling new Force-equipped bikes, but we've not yet come across any retailers selling these bikes. We'd expect the availability to improve over the next couple of weeks and months - we'll continue to update this article as well.
Canyon is offering it's all-round Ultimate with SRAM Force eTap AXS and this, as you'd expect from the popular direct-sales brands, is one of the most affordable with the latest groupset. You're also getting a nice set of Reynolds AR 29 DB carbon fibre wheels and a claimed 7.2kg bike weight.
At the time of writing this feature there are bikes in stock ready to purchase.
This is the cheapest bike we've so far seen with the new Force groupset. It's Rose's carbon fibre endurance model with DT Swiss P1750 Spline and a claimed 7.3kg weight.
Sticking with Rose, you can get the German company's new adventure/gravel/all-road carbon bike with a 2x Force eTap AXS groupset for a little over £3k, ideal for all your micro adventure plans this summer.
The Teammachine is BMC's race-ready bike and this SLR 02 is the second-tier version, bascially it retains the same frame shapes and features as the range-topping SLR 01 but a lower grade carbon keeps the price a bit lower, with the smallest of weight penalties. The Force groupset is joined by DT Swiss P 1800 Spline db 32 wheels with Vittoria Rubino Pro 25mm tyres
Trek Project One Madone SLR 7 Disc eTap £7,550
You'll have to enter Trek's Project One bike customiser to spec a Madone SLR with Force eTap AXS, like the one above, with a wide choice of paint finishes.
You likely read about the updated Roubaix last week (if you missed it here's our first look) and some of the models are with dealers now. We found this lovely teal Roubaix equipped with the Force eTap AXS groupset. The price does include a set of Roval CL 32 Disc wheels with 28mm wide Turbo Pro tyres.
If you want a Specialized with the new Force groupset, this is currently your cheapest option. The Tarmac is a superb all-rounder, fast, comfortable and great handling, and the Force groupset is joined by Roval CL 50 Disc wheels.
At its launch the stunning new Venge aero road bike from Specialized was only available with a Shimano Di2 groupset because it's designed entirely around electronic groupsets (wires are easier to route inside the aero stem and handlebar than mechanical cables). Now you can choose SRAM's eTap groupset with this Force level bike completed by Roval CL 50 Disc wheels and 26mm S-Works Turbo tyres. You'll have to wait, it's not currently showing as in stock anywhere.
The tricky second bike to the original Strada, this is the 2x version and it's equipped with a SRAM Force eTap AXS groupset with a pair of chainrings.
If you're not put off by having a single ring, the original Strada, a bike designed around wide tyres, aero profile tubes and a single chainring, is now available with a 1x Force eTap AXS groupset. 3T has chosen the 11-36t cassette with a 50t chainring.
Giant TCR Advanced Pro 0 Disc
Not yet available on Giant's website but SRAM informs us this TCR Advanced will be coming out very soon with the Force eTap AXS groupset.
Pick up the light and super stiff Orca from Spanish firm Orbea with the new SRAM Force groupset for £4k. The nice thing about buying an Orbea is that you can customise the paint finish for no extra charge, as well as spec the handlebar width and stem length. The website is listing available of a size 55cm as of now, but all other sizes are coming in May.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.