I have been riding SRAM Red eTap AXS for
over a month now and have to say I love it.
Initially I thought it came out similar overall in quality and
performance to Di2 - both had their pros and cons... But I have to
say as I've put more miles in I get more and more used to it, and I
think I prefer it to Di2 now, which is a huge change for me.
Ever since Di2 7970 came out all those years ago I have viewed
that as the premier groupset. We have a new king now.
Last week I did a
stage race, which was super fast and required a lot of shifting
to accommodate the changes in pace. AXS was flawless; if it's any
slower shifting than Di2 I can't detect it.
In the heat of battle having shifting as simple as 'right hand
is down, left hand is up' is hugely appreciated and took no time to
get used to.
Front shifting on the previous generation of eTap felt
noticeably slower than Di2. AXS might be a touch slower on paper
but it's a massive improvement from before, and is quick enough to
be a non-issue in the real world.