Is SRAM getting ready to release a new RED AXS shifter?

A patent has recently been filed by SRAM that shows a design for a new lever with an added ‘auxiliary’ button

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A patent filed by SRAM shows a redesign to its drop bar lever

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A patent filed by SRAM shows a redesign to its drop bar lever

SRAM could be set to revamp its top-tier RED AXS shifters after filing a patent which outlines new designs for an as-yet unspecified brake and shift lever.

The patent was originally filed by SRAM in August of this year, detailing a revision to the physical lever shape along with the inclusion of an all-new function button. A look at the front-view drawings reveals that the lever itself has been aggressively flared outwards. With the current trend even among pro riders being to use flared bars, this design feature could help aid ergonomics.

The redesign is far from superficial, with the lever internals receiving some attention. Most notably, the hydraulic reservoir has grown in size and now looks to be oriented horizontally rather than the current vertical design.

SRAM is presumably aiming to alter the lever feel under braking with this new lever. The lever pivot point has been raised offering the user more leverage to generate the same braking force for less exerted effort. Beyond this, the master cylinder looks to mimic that of a mountain bike brake, moving away from the current pull-rod model.

The final alteration that we can see from the patent is a new bite point adjustment method that does away with the need for tools. Instead, an adjustable cam will be situated towards the rear of the lever hood that could offer as much as 1.5mm of adjustment.

With all of these adjustments, the profile of the lever seems to have changed significantly from the current generation. Most notable is the length of the lever body, where you rest your hands. From the drawings, this looks to be noticeably longer, due in part to the change in internal design for the brake reservoir and master cylinder.

This change in profile could cause riders to adjust their bike fit to compensate for this change in reach.

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