Like its RED big brother, the Force groupset is available in
1x12 or 2x12 configurations, and with hydraulic disc brakes or
conventional rim brake calipers.
The distinctive "FlatTop" asymmetrical chain is also very much
present, lighter and quieter than a conventional design, as is the
Orbit fluid damper system in the rear mech. This reduces chain
bounce without increasing resistance in the drivetrain as
traditional friction clutches can.
The 1x and 2x chainsets are both available with or without
integrated Quarq power meters (and if bought without, can be
Also shared with RED is the AXS app which enables you to
personalise the setup of the system via your smartphone.
Force AXS components are compatible with Eagle AXS too, so this
versatile groupset can easily accommodate a dropper post, for
example, and can be configured to handle anything from road race to
gravel/adventure with ease.
All in all you're getting most of the features of the
range-topping RED gruppo, and at a significantly lower price. Yes
it's a little heavier, a little less luxurious (the cassette in
particular has a lot less bling factor, but will still perform
brilliantly), but this is very much a state of the art groupset
bringing together a whole host of modern tech into a seamless
We're already seeing the first complete bikes appearing with
Force eTap AXS, in fact Specialized were quick off the blocks with
AXS-equipped builds of the Tarmac Pro and Venge Pro (and coming in
at the same price as their Di2-equipped siblings).
Force AXS will be available soon as a separate groupset, for
your existing bike or new custom build. Get
in touch or visit us in store to
discuss options and to reserve your set now.