Spy photos were leaked, anticipation was building, and at last, on Tuesday, SRAM announced that it will produce its wireless eTap shifting system with hydraulic disc brakes for road bikes.
According to SRAM’s official announcement, the Red eTAP HRD system will afford better ergonomics with a more slender hood, relative to its predecessors, such as Force 1. The brake levers also offer two adjustments: reach and contact point. Some VeloNews testers have found themselves wishing they could tweak brake-lever throw in other hydraulic-brake road systems. This seems to be the answer.
One limitation of the eTap system is that it isn’t compatible with cassettes bigger than 28t, so if you’re climbing a lot, plan on a compact crankset.
SRAM will announce pricing at Eurobike in late Summer. In the meantime, you can watch this sizzle video, which happens to feature some of the best roads in VeloNews’s backyard, Boulder, Colorado.