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.
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.
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.
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
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