SRAM Launches Wireless Eagle AXS Drivetrains and RockShox Reverb Dropper
If you haven't yet read our riding impressions on the new SRAM Eagle AXS electronic wireless drivetrain and Reverb dropper post, go check it out here. Otherwise, read on for the tech details, pricing, and availability of this futuristic groupset. Text, video, and photography below the break are from SRAM's press release.
Technology For Simplicity.
At a glance, Eagle AXS™ brings the real benefits of wireless electronic shifting to the mountain bike. On a deeper level, it offers discerning riders unprecedented personalization and control of the drivetrain. On the bike and off. Deepening the relationship between machine and rider. This addition to the Eagle™ ecosystem enhances capability. Removes complexity. And provides riders an experience like never before imagined.
Both XX1 Eagle AXS™ and X01 Eagle AXS™ combine the proven, dedicated 1x backbone of Eagle™ with a connected wireless electronic derailleur and controller. With completely new inputs at the bar that initiate a shift with a touch. It’s an all-new derailleur that’s specifically designed and optimized to be motor-driven instead of cable-actuated, to truly leverage what this allows. AXS™ powered components enable customization and scale to an individual rider’s liking via the AXS™ app.
The pure shifting performance of Eagle AXS™ is the real difference maker. Shift under load, over the roughest terrain, uphill, or without changing your grip on the bar. Eagle AXS™ changes your level of control on the bike when you’re under pressure and pushing hard into the red. But more than that, it changes your relationship with the bike.
SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS™
XC spec and ready for the trail. XX1 Eagle AXS™ utilizes the proven backbone of SRAM 1x™. With the lightest weight materials and a 500-percent gear range. More secure and longer wearing X-SYNC™2 chainring. The pinnacle of performance, paired with the connected components of Eagle AXS™. Ready for the new generation of super bikes.
FEATURES / BENEFITS:
SRAM X01 Eagle AXS™
There’s an element of the unknown when it comes to running new trail and racing blind. Enduro spec follows suit. X01 Eagle AXS™ utilizes the proven backbone of SRAM 1x™. 500-percent gear range. More secure and longer wearing X-SYNC™2 chainring. The resilience of an aluminum cage, paired with the connected components of Eagle AXS™. Ready for the new generation of super bikes.
FEATURES / BENEFITS:
FORGED ALUMINUM CAGE
Eagle AXS™ Derailleur
More than a mechanical derailleur with a battery and a motor bolted on, the Eagle AXS™ derailleur is the brain of the whole AXS™ system. Trim it at set-up for zero rub, making the near-silent operation of Eagle™ even more stealth—all while improving drivetrain longevity.
It features a shorter cage for 10mm more ground clearance, with more chain wrap on the cassette to sit slightly further forward, and further inboard from mechanical Eagle™. Instantaneous shifts from a single touch even while under World Cup-winning chain loads recorded in the heat of racing and affirmed in the test lab.
Eagle AXS™ Controller
No cable, housing or wires to manage opened up design and engineering possibilities with the Eagle AXS™ controller. Helping us pioneer a completely new shifting experience with new ergonomic touchpoints that take just enough effort to press.
Touchpoints that are totally customizable to your preferences, allowing you to choose which button does what through the AXS™ app. Choose from three functions: Inboard shift. Outboard shift. Dropper. Use one of the touchpoints to control your electronic Reverb AXS™ dropper seatpost. And the power save mode in the controller wakes up after a single touch to save battery when not in use.
The Secret Sprint Paddle
Beyond the controller’s standard paddle, an included “Secret Sprint” paddle oriented on the front-side of the controller near your index knuckle allows for quick shifts with virtually no change to your grip on the handlebar.
Easy Setup Easier Usage
Bolt it on. Set three limit screws. Press the pairing buttons. And go. Eagle AXS™ is trimmed and adjusted electronically for a perfect chainline. There is no additional effort to shift or idiosyncrasies to learn. And AXS™ unlocks an entirely new way to personalize the key interface with your bike—all controlled from your phone via a simple AXS™ app. Unless you’re looking to set it and forget it. Because you can do that too.
A bit about the battery.
Yes, Eagle AXS™ uses a battery. One that is removable for easy recharging after 20 hours of ride time*. One that only weighs 25g and is detachable with a single clip. One that is “hot swappable” if needed—from derailleur to your Reverb AXS™ seatpost or even your SRAM RED eTap AXS™ road group. And it only takes an hour to charge.
Know before you go.
Checking battery life is easy: Press the button on the derailleur. Green light means it’s at or close to full charge. Red light means it’s at or close to half charge. And flashing red means charge it up. Or throw on another, because keeping an extra is easy and realistic. To prolong battery life, the system goes to power save mode when the bike is stationery.
Yeah, it’s waterproof.
The Eagle AXS™ system is completely water and dust proof to the IP69K international standard. Initially developed for construction vehicles and food sanitization, the IP69K standard validates systems that require regular pressurized cleaning. For a mountain biker, it means no hesitation to head out when the weather looks less than ideal.
Eagle AXS Impact Protection
The Eagle AXS™ derailleur is smart enough to protect itself. The built-in Overload Clutch was designed to disengage on impact, return to position and shift back into gear.
The primary purpose of the Overload Clutch is to protect the derailleur’s shift motor, but it serves to protect your derailleur and derailleur hanger from damage as a by-product. A very helpful by-product.
FEATURES / BENEFITS:
10mm more cage ground clearance
Type-3 Roller Bearing Clutch™
Overload Clutch protection
The SRAM AXS App
The AXS™ app is the built-in componentry software that makes it possible to both program and personalize Eagle AXS™ to your specifications. Letting you adjust and personalize controller assignments for shift commands and your electronically activated Reverb™ dropper post right from your mobile—to make it exactly how you want it. Have your left controller do upshifts or downshifts.
Assign a paddle to your AXS™ enabled Reverb™ that feels most intuitive to you. For the first time, AXS™ introduces digital possibilities for riders to customize, personalize, control, and improve the ride. Even when off the bike. Effectively allowing you to create your very own Eagle AXS™ “fingerprint.”
Use it. Or don’t.
All that’s needed to get riding is to mount the Eagle AXS™ drivetrain, pair it and get out there. The AXS™ app is only needed for further personalization or to gain access to the data the system has accumulated. Whenever you choose.
Far beyond rider personalization, the seamless integration between AXS™ hardware and software communicates with your SRAMid. Like sending service reminders when it’s time to check your wear components. And so much more. Allowing you to improve your bike when you’re not even touching it.
Built for riders’ sake not tech’s sake
Riders haven’t asked for this product, because it was never possible before. We didn’t employ the magic of wireless electronics for effect either. We engineered hardware with a new ergonomic experience based on touching a button rather than pushing a lever. Giving you faster, more consistent shifts. Letting you shift when you want, under load, without ever having to plan around terrain.
RockShox Reverb AXS
Our intention with Reverb AXS™ was inventive and pure: No hoses. No routing. No energy wasted. Not a single thing in the way of the experience. We created a reliable wireless-electronic dropper post and controller that actuates with drastically less effort and zero distraction. Expanding what’s ever possible on a bike, Reverb AXS™ is enabled by SRAM AXS™ technology, a new level of interaction, personalization, and connectivity across all AXS™ enabled components.
A touch of genius
Effortless wireless-electronic actuation and infinite height adjustment with a single touch.
The wireless-electronic Reverb AXS™ is all Reverb, revamped with a controller you touch instead of a lever you throw. The perfect speed. Its infinite range lets you set it right where you need it, saving you time, energy, and keeping your focus on the trail ahead.
It’s 2019. Let’s make things easy.
Clean, simple and fast to install. No hoses to route, no fishing required
Cutting out the cables makes set up fast and easy. No external hoses. No internal routing. No energy wasted. The Reverb AXS™ complete wireless design is fast to install, and easy to pair. Complimented with an all-new post head, the turn of a single rail-retention bolt makes for a quick and effortless saddle install. Make it perfect with one additional bolt at the front of the head for tilt-adjust and position lock. Drop it in, and send it down.
Updated internals for faster return speed in all conditions.
Reverb AXS™ is built with a next-generation, lower friction internal floating piston for faster post actuation and less downward saddle force needed from the rider. Featuring a new lubrication design, we cut eliminated even more friction and created smoother more reliable post performance. Find confidence by activating your dropper more often, with less effort, in any condition, over and over again.
Vent Valve Technology
We don’t want you to have to use it, which is why we’ve created the most robust seatpost to date.
We also know, sometimes the inevitable happens. Over time, air and oil may mix, resulting in that annoying post “squish”
and the need for additional service. Vent Valve Technology allows you to do this simple service within a few steps, without any disassembly of the post. Depress the valve, compress the post, good to go. The air is channeled back into the air chamber leaving the oil where it belongs and you back to more confident reliable performance.
30.9mm, 31.6mm, 34.9mm
100mm, 125mm, 150mm, 170mm
340mm, 390mm, 440mm, 480mm
Seatpost: SRAM Battery
Zero Offset, 7mm Round Rail, 7X9mm Oval Rail, Matchmaker™or Discrete Clamp
RockShox Reverb AXS - $800 USD | €800* | £700* (*Includes VAT)
SRAM Eagle AXS drivetrains and RockShox AXS Reverb units will be available for aftermarket purchase in April of 2019.
Once again, make sure to check out our Ride Impressions article for SRAM Eagle AXS.