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SRAM lightens Force AXS groupset, speeds up shifting and adds new power meter options

Second-tier groupset gets a complete update: new hood shape, redesigned front derailleur, integrated chainrings and a funky new finish

SRAM has updated its second-tier Force AXS groupset with changes including a reshaped HRD Shift-Brake hood, a redesigned front derailleur and new integrated chainrings that are designed to deliver faster and smoother shifting. There’s also the introduction of a spindle-based power meter to the Force groupset. Complete SRAM Force AXS groupset prices start at £1,533 and go up to £2,228.

Now called SRAM Force AXS rather than SRAM Force eTap AXS, the new groupset comes in a Unicorn Grey iridescent laser foil finish with the cassette and chain available in a Rainbow option. Compared with the previous generation, SRAM says that it offers a weight saving of 94-104g, depending on the exact setup, while prices remain the same.

Let’s go through the key components.

Find out how SRAM Force AXS groupset performs in our first ride review

SRAM Force AXS HRD Shift-Brake System £228

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SRAM says, “We optimised the Force AXS hood shape to provide increased finger wrap for more hand sizes, so you can stay secure sprinting for town lines, committing to the rut in a muddy cyclocross race, or chattering down a long gravel descent.”

Check out our complete guide to SRAM groupsets

The hood shape is noticeably different from previously, the reduced radius bringing Force into line with third-tier Rival. SRAM has achieved this by removing the pad contact adjustment (you still get reach adjustment), saying that few people made use of this facility, and ditching the auxiliary port for attaching a Blip for remote shifting. You can, though, add up to six Wireless Blips (three on each side) without that auxiliary port. 

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The top of the hood is shorter than previously, the brake lever is carbon fibre (whereas it’s alloy with SRAM Rival), and the shift paddle is textured to avoid slipping.

SRAM says, “The new Force AXS shift paddle shape is refined to maintain easy access to shift locations while removing the risk of pinching fingers or into the handlebar tape when pulling the brake lever.”

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SRAM Force AXS offers only hydraulic disc brakes; there’s no mechanical braking option.

 SRAM Force AXS Rear Derailleur £302

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The SRAM Force AXS Rear Derailleur is available in both standard and 1x-specific XPLR versions.

The standard version comes in a single cage length that’s designed to work with any cassette size from 10-28T to 10-36T and with 1x (single chainring) and 2x (double chainring) systems. Previously, there were two different cage lengths available, the shorter one of which could be used with a 10-26T cassette.

Take a look at our SRAM Rival eTap AXS groupset review

As before, the Force AXS Rear Derailleur features SRAM’s Orbit fluid damper to control unwanted chain movement over rough roads, whereas next level down Rival uses a more basic spring clutch.

SRAM Force XPLR AXS Rear Derailleur £306

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The Force XPLR AXS Rear Derailleur is a 1x-specific component designed mainly for gravel use. It works with 10-44T XPLR and 10-36T cassettes.

Again, you get SRAM’s Orbit fluid damper to limit high-speed cage rotations caused by bumpy surfaces.

SRAM Force AXS Front Derailleur £198

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SRAM says that its updated Force AXS Front Derailleur comes with a new cage shape that’s designed with the new integrated chainrings (see below) to make shifts faster and smoother.

As with all of SRAM’s electronic systems, there’s no need to trim (adjust) the position of the front derailleur when you move the chain across the cassette.

SRAM Force AXS Wide Front Derailleur £198

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The Force AXS Wide front derailleur uses all of the same technology as the standard version (above) but it’s optimised for wide chainsets with 43/30T chainrings.

Its wider position on the bike provides clearance for wide tyres up to 700c x 45 and 27.5 x 2.1in.

SRAM Force Crankset £295

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SRAM offers a whole bunch of different Force cranksets (we’ll go with ‘crankset’ over ‘chainset’ because that’s the terminology SRAM uses). The big change is the use of integrated chainrings on the standard 2x crankset, which essentially means that the two chainrings are a one-piece construction.

Check out our Shimano Ultegra R8170 Di2 Disc Groupset review

SRAM says, “Previously only available in Red, our integrated chainrings are light, stiff, and incredibly durable”

SRAM has also added a 50/37T chainring option that was previously available only at Red level. The 48/35T and 46/33T options are still available.

As mentioned, SRAM says that the integrated chainrings and the new front derailleur design result in faster, smoother shifts.

Whereas SRAM Rival has aluminium crank arms, Force uses carbon.

The Force Crankset is also available in a 43/30T Wide version with a longer-than-normal spindle for both road and mountain bike width frame bottom bracket standards. This has non-integrated chainrings and is used with the SRAM Force AXS Wide Front Derailleur.

“Our 43/30T chainring combo combined with a wide chainline increases tyre clearance while providing ideal gearing for venturing off-road,” says SRAM.

The downside of integrated chainrings is the cost of replacement when they wear out. You’re looking at £236 for a replacement Force 2x Chainring kit.

SRAM also offers a Force 1 Crankset (£295) with a single direct mount chainring in both standard and Wide versions.

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SRAM says, “For extreme terrain, the new Force AXS controls and 1x cranksets can be paired with an Eagle AXS rear derailleur, Eagle 10-50T or 10-52T cassette, and Eagle chain for a super wide 1x gearing.”

SRAM Force AXS Power Meter Crankset £772

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SRAM offers the Force AXS Power Meter Crankset with a power meter integrated into the chainrings rather than the spindle, similar to Red eTap AXS integrated power meters but with a black finish. However, it’s only an option if you go for a 2x (double chainring) setup. This design is said to keep the weight down, and you get left/right power balance.

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SRAM says, “Our lightest, stiffest, and most accurate integrated power meter and chainring combo is now on Force. Quarq D-Zero technology is accurate to +/-1.5% and isn’t affected by temperature changes, and the consistent 13-tooth gap on the rings ensures fast and reliable shifting.”

Obvious question: when the chainrings wear out, does the power meter need to be replaced? The answer is yes.

“The power meter on the new Force AXS 2x chainring sets are fully integrated with the chainrings for the lowest possible weight and the highest possible accuracy,” says SRAM. "However, these integrated chainrings are made for extreme longevity to greatly extend the life of the ring and power meter assembly. Additionally, regular chain cleaning, lubrication, and timely replacement when worn will greatly improve the lifespan of the chainrings.”

You don’t need to replace the cranks, though – just the chainrings and power meter. With Red, SRAM offers a half-price replacement scheme. We hope it will do the same with Force. 

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A SRAM Force AXS Power Meter Upgrade (£396) is available which also allows you to add power measurement to an existing system. You can get 50/37T, 48/35T and 46/33T chainring combos.

Other SRAM FORCE AXS Power Meter Cranksets £565

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SRAM also offers spindle-based power meters in the Force range. These measure your left-side power only and use that to calculate total watts.

You can buy:

Force AXS Wide Power Meter Crankset with 43/30T chainrings

Force 1 AXS Power Meter Crankset

Force 1 AXS Wide Power Meter Crankset

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You can also buy a SRAM Force AXS Crankarm Power Meter Upgrade (£329) to add to an existing system. You get the non-drive side crank and integrated spindle with the power meter included within it.

SRAM Red XG-1290 Cassette Rainbow Colourway £358

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If you want to customise your bike, you can now get SRAM’s XG-1290 cassette in a limited-edition rainbow finish. This is part of the Red range but it works equally well with SRAM Force.

The rainbow colourway is available on 10-28T and 10-33T cassettes.

SRAM Red Chain Rainbow Colourway £72

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If you’re tempted by the rainbow cassette, you’ll be wanting a rainbow chain to match. Again, it’s a limited edition.

Four Battery Charger £130 


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SRAM is introducing a USB-C powered Four Battery Charger that's designed to get you back on the road fast. SRAM claims a 60-minute charge time for four batteries, faster for one or two. 


Here are SRAM's official weights for the new Force AXS groupset components.


Component Weight
Power Meter Crankset 48/35T (chainring type)  752g
Power Meter Crankset 40T (spindle type)  647g
Shift-Brake System (rear)  413g
Shift-Brake System (front)  399g
Rear derailleur (36T)  303g
XPLR Rear derailleur   312g
Front derailleur   159g
Cassette (10-33T)  272g
XPLR Cassette  378g
Chain  277g
Rotor Paceline CL (pair)   32

SRAM says that a 2x Force AXS groupset, including a power meter, now weighs 2,896g whereas it was 2,990g previously.

A Force XPLR groupset, including a power meter, now weighs 2,747g. It was previously 2,848g.


The new SRAM Force AXS disc-brake groupset is priced as follows:

2x with power meter: £2,228

2x WIDE gearing with power meter: £1,859

1x with power meter: £1,803

2x no power meter: £1,751

1x no power meter: £1,533

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A groupset includes shift-brake system, rotors, crankset, chain, cassette, derailleur (front and rear for 2x, rear only for 1x), batteries, and charger. Bottom brackets are priced separately.

For comparison, a Shimano Ultegra Di2 8100 groupset (shifter/brake levers, brakes, front and rear derailleurs, power meter chainset, cassette, battery, chain, wires, charger cable) is £2,979.99 at full RRP.


The new SRAM Force AXS system is available now. We've heard of a couple of bikes fitted with the new groupset that have already been added to ranges...

Cannondale SuperSix EVO 4 Carbon 1 £6,750

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The brand-new Cannondale SuperSix EVO, launched today, is available in a SRAM Force AXS build, among several others.

If you’ve not heard about the updated SuperSix Evo, head over to Aaron’s first ride review

> Check out our Cannondale SuperSix Evo 4 — first ride review 

You’ll already know that the SuperSix EVO is the lightweight road bike in Cannondale’s range; it has been for ages, although the frame is aero-optimised these days. Cannondale has made a number of tweaks with the new iteration, the most notable being that the fork isn’t now integrated and the head tube has gone under the knife.

The Cannondale SuperSix EVO 4 Carbon 1 is built up with a 48/35T chainset and a 10-33T cassette, and it comes with Hollowgram R-S 50 wheels.

Check out the Cannondale SuperSix EVO 4 Carbon 1 here 

Liv EnviLiv Advanced Pro AXS £6,999

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We told you about Liv’s all-new EnviLiv range last week, and now a SRAM Force AXS build has been added to the lineup. Liv is Giant’s dedicated women’s bike brand.

Liv says that for the 2023 models, it has taken aerodynamics to another level by introducing its Aero System Shaping technology. This means the frame tubes have been designed for minimal drag and weight. 

> Liv updates and expands the EnviLiv range with lighter frameset and new components 

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The EnviLiv Advanced Pro AXS comes with a full SRAM Force AXS groupset, including a power meter.

The wheels are Giant SLR 1 with 50mm-deep rims front and rear.

Check out the Liv EnviLiv Advanced Pro AXS here 

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 technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. 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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Laurian | 1 year ago

The integrated chainring/power meter combo is so ridiculously anti environment and anti consumer is amazing that a company that makes cycling components thought it was a good idea. Even if it's for high-end racing componentry, the privilege of the dedicated, professional, and wealthy, it's still a completely unnecessary design choice. The cost of replacing it would be in the hundreds. For chainrings! Even if the groupset was cheaper than competitors, the fact that you might have to fork out hundreds each time a chainring wears out is nuts.

Bad move, SRAM. I won't be buying it.

a1white replied to Laurian | 1 year ago

It's time EU regulations were bought in to regulate waste like this. Like the right to repair regulations and rules on the perentage of car parts can be easily recycled. It's so anti-consumer, it's disgusting. Chainrngs do wear over the years. I'm on my 3rd after 10 years on my daily rider. I just change the big ring, that's it, minimal cost and waste. How are companies doing things like this in this age?

Calc | 1 year ago

"Obvious question: when the chainrings wear out, does the power meter need to be replaced? The answer is yes."


Rendel Harris replied to Calc | 1 year ago
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Calc wrote:

"Obvious question: when the chainrings wear out, does the power meter need to be replaced? The answer is yes."


Absolutely ridiculous waste. As far as I can see from the pictures the power meter could very easily have been made as a bolt-on to the chainrings that could be moved from one set to another. This is design as exploitation of customers. The only consolation is that anyone who buys into this ridiculous concept (and £430 for a chain/cassette combo) frankly deserves to be ripped off.

a1white replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago

I'm sure lots of consumers just go along with the marketing hype and possibly either aren't aware of the fact it's all integrated or aren't aware that you could easily have the option to have seperate chainrings. Look at the latest Advertorial from GCN, massive big cinematic advert that would never mention this downside or issue. It's just shocking future e-waste.

ejocs | 1 year ago
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I like the black front mech cage (12sp Dura Ace was supposed to have that, but then production suddenly switched back to silver), but the shifters still look cheap and plasticky, and when I first saw the crankset I thought it was a new non-series Shimano model.

At least the Shimano version doesn't have a an expensive, disposable bit of electronics integrally attached to the chainrings. Wtf.


Prosper0 | 1 year ago

Looks more attractive than the previous iteration. Front shifting was a disaster on the old Force version which could be partially saved with swapping the crap heavy and plasticy Force chainset for Red. Theyve basically made a cheaper similar looking Red designed (stiffer) chainset here so it all makes sense. 

Glov Zaroff replied to Prosper0 | 1 year ago

Prosper0 wrote:

Front shifting was a disaster on the old Force version for people that couldn't set up the mech correctly.

Fixed it for you.

IanMSpencer | 1 year ago

Stupid money for a chain and cassette that get covered in dirt so you can't see the colouring anyway. If people are paying £350 for a coloured cassette, we are well beyond the more money than sense threshold.

I think they've gifted Shimano a big publicity win with their new design of cassettes designed for longevity.

As for non-trimming and finally adding some shaping to their front derailleurs. There is good reason for trimming - it allows a narrower cage and therefore some protection against dropping chains. Anyone who has worked with SRAM knows that getting a SRWM front change spot on is far harder than Shimano or Campag. While they may have had an excuse that their mechanical one shot changer didn't allow for it, with electronic shifting, trimming is easy-peasy as Shimano show. I think SRAM's historic design decisions have led them to a path where trimming hasn't been considered and the SRAM system is the worse for it. There is something comforting about the Shimano shift then wimper system. 

Secret_squirrel replied to IanMSpencer | 1 year ago

I thought the yaw control on SRAM made trimming and shaping the mech unnecessary?

IanMSpencer replied to Secret_squirrel | 1 year ago

I thought all the yaw did was swing the cage slightly, but the angle the cage is at is static on the inner and outer ring, so the angle to the cassette it has to allow for is still wider than a trimmed derailleur, though at least the front of the cage can be closer to the teeth to avoid dropping. Now if they combined yaw with trimming they could narrow the cage and improve the reliability of the change further.

Simon E replied to IanMSpencer | 1 year ago
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IanMSpencer wrote:

If people are paying £350 for a coloured cassette, we are well beyond the more money than sense threshold.

I think we crossed that point some time ago. Paying silly money for 'must-have' gadgets and baubels is so mainstream now that anything else is surely considered old hat.

All that integrated stuff (and fugly POC 'gravel' helmets) is fine for people who love the bling and have lots of money to burn but it's not going to look good to anyone rebuilding a worn or broken component with just 1 compatible option to choose from... and the distributor's website shows "Sorry, this item is out of stock".

Last week I watched youtuber Lawrence Carpenter's video about the £1,135 cost (at RRP) of servicing his 1 year old Wilier Rave SLR, though this did include a new rear derailleur he bent in a crash. But £310 for the mech, £200 for a cassette and £120 for a battery charger... I guess if someone can afford an £8k gravel bike then I suppose the maintenance costs are just part of the game.

SimoninSpalding replied to Simon E | 1 year ago

WTF was he doing to need new headset bearings after a year?

I am guessing he is a pressure washer fanatic?

After a year of riding in all weathers with a bit of moderate maintenance I would be disappointed if I needed anything more than the tyres, and possibly a new chain. 

IanMSpencer replied to SimoninSpalding | 1 year ago

What mileage and how much off road? The guy is doing big rides, so perhaps not unreasonable. On Strava, he's done 10,000 miles in 2022, so not massive mileage assuming that's across different bikes. I guess he's an aggressive off-road rider, so the bike may have taken a beating, and he may not be a maintenance sort of person (I've tweaked my headset a couple of times as it gets a pounding off-road).

ChuckSneed | 1 year ago

Looks like cheap tat, even more than all the other junk sr*m put out. Just use Shimano if you're serious about your bike.

Prosper0 replied to ChuckSneed | 1 year ago

ChuckSneed wrote:

Looks like cheap tat, even more than all the other junk sr*m put out. Just use Shimano  Campagnolo EPS if you're serious about your bike.

longassballs | 1 year ago
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Pretty underwhelming? Very disappointed Sram haven't improved the brakes to stay on par with Shimano; both at the lever and caliper clearance.

I was waiting for this before buying a new bike but Ultegra has a clear advantage now

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