SRAM Apex25 July 2020
Apex is SRAM’s entry level groupset, it features a 10 speed drive train and a very wide range of gears, Apex was the first road groupset to feature compatibility with 11-32 cassettes. Although SRAM’s competitors have now caught up Apex is still at the forefront wide range gearing options. Apex also features some of the technologies from high spec ranges such as; reach-adjust, and DoubleTap shifting. An Apex equipped bike suits those looking to enjoy social rides across varied terrains, when racing isn’t a priority but the roads are still tough.
DoubleTap makes changing gears easier and faster, eliminating the cumbersome and awkward engagement associated with two-lever systems. DoubleTap handles up- and downshifts in one short, sweeping motion, with minimal effort and maximum comfort no matter where you are on the bars. For new SRAM users getting used to how DoubleTap works will feel strange at first compared with other two lever systems. This is down to the on lever system used by SRAM DoupleTap, a short, rapid tap moves the rear derailleur through the smaller cogs of the rear cassette. Whilst downshifting comes via a longer sweep of the lever (in the same inward direction you upshift). Unlike all other forward controls, DoubleTap also lets you pull the shift lever in against the bars so you can upshift while sprinting or attacking without giving up a firm grip. This also allows the brake and shift levers to be completely independent from one another, each operating with their own pivot points. This not only allows for the multiposition functionality, it also eliminates the risk of engaging brakes or shifters unintentionally - an unfortunate side effect of other shift/brake lever designs.
WiFLi stands for Wider – Faster – Lighter and is SRAM’s revolutionary concept that allows WiFLi users to accommodate a much wider range of gears on the rear cassette, than a standard double or triple groupset. With Rival 1 this combined with different sized front chain rings will offer an incredibly wide range of gearing options. WiFli accommodates this range of gears without compromising shifting or efficiency.