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by James Huang
March 25, 2020
Photography by SRAM
SRAM’s AXS wireless groupsets have long been paired with a dedicated smartphone app to help users customize their shifting setups, but there’s now a more powerful web-based tool that helps further guide your equipment decisions.
The new SRAM AXS Web – previously launched only in beta form – not only combines data from your AXS wireless drivetrain components, but also pulls information from your GPS computer, power meters, seatposts, and tire pressure sensors (as applicable). Using all the imported information, AXS Web users can then dive into a broad selection of metrics, such as the distribution of gear ratios that were used during a ride, power zones, and even how your tire pressure was trending over time. Battery levels are recorded as well, and the system will alert you as needed when replacements or recharging is required.
The new SRAM AXS Web offers some of the same functionality as other services, but it also provides component-specific information that isn’t available anywhere else.
AXS Web is compatible with all current-generation SRAM wireless components, such as Red eTap AXS, Force AXS, and Eagle AXS, but it will work with first-generation SRAM Red eTap as well. The web app can even be used if you don’t have any AXS drivetrain components at all, but still want to analyze data for other compatible devices like power zones, tire pressures, and seatpost usage.
Currently, AXS Web is only set up to work with Garmin computers. SRAM says that Wahoo compatibility is pending, but there is no way to pull data only from your Strava account. That said, SRAM does plan to pull Zwift rides into the system, although it’s unclear at this time what that will look like. Either way, the new interface can be used on smartphones, desktops, laptops, and tablets, but you’ll still need to have the mobile app first in order to pair (and update) your AXS components.
AXS Web mimics some features of other services, but its greatest value comes in how it provides a more detailed look at your compatible componentry – even more than what was already offered through the mobile app.
As interesting as all of this sounds on the surface, what’s more intriguing is where SRAM could potentially take AXS Web from here. Additional functions will undoubtedly be added in the future — suspension data from the Quarq ShockWiz isn’t currently supported, for example — and many users will certainly find potential value in SRAM offering more granular analysis of ride data than what is currently available.
And aerodynamic data is certainly on the table if SRAM eventually debuts a Quarq “aero stick” similar to the Notio device, no?
More to come, clearly.