The term AXS is pronounced as access, and it was launched by SRAM, a leading manufacturer of bike components, in 2019. AXS is compatible with various SRAM components, such as RED eTap, Eagle, RockShox, and Reverb, and it can also work with other brands, such as Quarq and Zipp.
AXS is a bike component integration system that connects electronic bicycle components and software. AXS allows riders to customize and control their bike components, such as shifting, braking, suspension, and dropper posts, using mobile or web apps.
AXS also provides data and feedback on the bike’s performance and readiness, such as battery levels, gear use, power zones, and tire pressure.
Some examples of AXS features are:
- Enhanced Shift Mode activates the next available gear using the assigned upshift and downshift buttons and automatically adjusts the front derailleur to keep the gear ratio and pedaling cadence steady.
- Configure Controls allows riders to reassign shifting actions to new buttons on the shifters or to control other components, such as a dropper post, from the levers.
- AXS Web analyzes ride files specific to shifting, gear use, power zones, and tire pressure, and helps riders learn more about how their bike works for them.
Alex Lee is the founder and editor-at-large of Mr. Mamil. Coming from a professional engineering background, he breaks down technical cycling nuances into an easy-to-understand and digestible format here.
He has been riding road bikes actively for the past 12 years and started racing competitively in the senior category during the summer recently.