Now SRAM has found the way to a complete gravel group and not only refined the tried and tested, but also brought together absolutely new ones. The SRAM XPLR group (XPLR short for Explore - the desire to explore the world on a racing bike ... from roads over gravel, through mud and dirt directly on the singletrack) combines the AXS radio technology, hydraulic disc brakes and the 1x12-speed drive with 10-44 gradation. This is joined by the Newly developed RockShox Rudy Gravel suspension fork, as well as the Reverb Vario seat post and MOTO technology for the new Zipp wheels.
SRAM goes Gravel
A fork on a gravel bike, now it is possible. And not as a simple misappropriation of a MTB fork, no, an optimally matched one for the gravel bike. With only 30 mm or 40 mm of spring travel, the SoloAir air spring and the Charger Race Day damper, everything is on board for perfect control in the difficult passages. The newly designed upper part of the fork with 30 mm stanchions offers maximum rigidity with low weight. Of course for 28 "wheels with a tire width of up to 50 mm.
A dropper post to engrave? Why not, because the engineers at RockShox have thought about it, but maybe the test drivers too. What is missing when engraving in rough terrain? Cushioning, the tires are a bit narrow in this area. So the Reverb post works with air, is rigid when extended and offers a little comfort in the middle. The whole thing, of course, fully electrically controlled and operated via all AXS levers. It can be that simple.
Of course, a suitable wheelset for your gravel bike should not be missing. And this is where the SRAM Group, yes, also the engineers from ZIPP, have up their sleeves. And the MOTO technology has already been tested for the MTB faction and found to be good. Therefore, the high profile rims from the racing bike sector were not used, but the extremely high vibration dampening of the MOTO technology. With an inner width of 27 mm, the rim gives the gravel tires maximum volume for maximum damping.
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