SRAM dialed my bike rides up to 12 with its radical wireless electronic gears

A certain professional cyclist who allegedly won the Tour de France seven times famously said: “It’s not about the bike.” British author and round the world cyclist, Rob Penn, later wrote a book detailing a build of his dream bike entitled: “It’s all about the bike.” And well, they’re both kind of right.

Let me explain, by means of a convoluted review.

[Read: Canyon’s latest race bike is hella expensive — but you get what you pay for]

Recently, I’ve been test riding an undeniably nice, super-high end race bike from German manufacturer Canyon. You can read my initial thoughts of the bike here, but this week, I wanted to focus on just one component of this particular build: The SRAM Force AXS eTap groupset, or the gears, shifters, and brakes to regular folk. These are the bits that makes the bike go and stop. Alongside the frame and wheels, the groupset impacts the overall dynamic performance of how the bike rides. 

Quarq, SRAM, power meter, cranks
Credit: M Beedham