Why Are Road Bike Gears Getting Smaller? | SRAM RED eTap AXS Ratios Explained

Published on March 6th 2019


The new SRAM RED eTAP AXS groupset continues the trend of road bikes having smaller chainrings, but why? What is the benefit of these smaller gears? In association with SRAM, filmed in Oman. GCN Winter Sale - Up To 50% Off: https://gcn.eu/1g6 Subscribe to GCN: http://gcn.eu/SubscribeToGCN Register your interest in the GCN Club: https://gcn.eu/1g7 In 1999, the Angliru climb was featured at the top level of bike racing - this was the first time that a super steep, monster climb appeared in one of the Grand Tours. Many pros had to adapt their gears just to get to the top and this was the start of the trend towards smaller gears throughout cycling. Move forward 20 years, and SRAM are taking this to another level with their new SRAM RED eTAP AXS groupset. Si & Ollie explain the thought process behind this new groupset and why smaller chainrings don't always mean easier gears! Submit your content with our new uploader: http://gcn.eu/upload Join our Facebook community: http://gcn.eu/FBCommunity If you enjoyed this video, make sure to give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends. 👍 If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link - https://gcn.eu/1g8 Watch more on GCN... 📹 New SRAM RED eTAP AXS - Detailed & Demoed - https://gcn.eu/eTapAXS Music - licensed by Epidemic Sound: Elevator Bell Ding - SFX Producer Formations - Van Sandano Superior - Silver Maple Yuma - Van Sandano Photos: © Velo Collection (TDW) / Getty Images & © Bettiniphoto / http://www.bettiniphoto.net/