Get Red eTap and Discs with SRAM HydroHC

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Did you hear that? The mic has been dropped and the folks from SRAM just did the dropping. Building on the fervor surrounding Red eTap, SRAM is finishing things off by adding an all-new hydraulic braking system to the heralded wireless groupset.

While many are still waiting on their first ride aboard eTap, the last mile of wireless was to make it disc-brake compatible. After seeing plenty of spy shots and a slip up by SRAM athlete, Ted King with his Cannondale SuperSix EVO 2 Disc, all systems are now “go” with the official release of SRAM HydroHC.

While I was hopeful that the “Contact Point Adjustment” could modify pad spacing on-the-fly, after reaching out the SRAM, they confirmed that it doesn’t. Bummer. That’s a tough problem to solve, but one that is problematic. You can read more about that in my take on road disc brakes.

Tons of tech crammed into the eTap HydroR hoods.

Tons of tech crammed into the eTap HydroHC hoods.

Specialized Tarmac Disc with SRAM Red eTap HydroHC.

Specialized Tarmac Disc with SRAM Red eTap HydroHC (must have new rear spacing for 2017).

The reduced height of the hoods makes them even more ergonomic.

The reduced height of the hoods makes them even more ergonomic.

Some key features include:

  • Improved ergonomics including a smaller diameter hood for more finger wrap and Reach Adjust™ for better control
  • Contact Point Adjustment™ lets you custom tune when your levers engage—a first for HRD
  • Bleeding Edge™ technology for quick, simple bleeds
  • Calipers available in post or flat mount options
  • Compatible exclusively with Red eTap derailleurs
  • Compatible with SRAM 11-speed cranks and cassettes (Force and Rival 22)
  • Availability: October 2016

More Info: Visit SRAM.com

About Author

A Seattle native, Jason developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 --sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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