Katusha to use SRAM Red eTap wireless groupset in 2016
SRAM launched the Red eTap groupset in August, finally joining Shimano and Campagnolo in offering an electronic setup. However, Red eTap marks itself apart from Shimano Di2 and Campagnolo EPS in being wireless, while SRAM say it is also the world’s lightest groupset.
Katusha used Shimano components in 2015 but the Russian team’s Canyon bikes will be equipped with SRAM Red eTap for the new campaign, which starts with the Tour Down Under on January 17-24.
The team will also have the regular Red groupset at their disposal for mountainous races, thanks to the wide-ranging WiFli cassettes that can be used with the mechanical gruppo. The team will race and train on the SRAM Red Quarq power meter. Canyon’s partnership with Katusha continues into 2016, with the German bike manufacturer providing the Ultimate CF SLX and Aeroad CF SLX frames, as well as the Speedmax CF SLX time trial bike.