SRAM Red eTap HydroHC wireless/hydraulic group announced

Contact point adjustment added to hydraulic brake/electronic shift system

Seven months after BikeRadar spotted hydraulic prototypes of SRAM’s wireless electronic group, SRAM today announced that its forthcoming Red eTap HydroHC group will be available this October.

The HydroHC is the evolution of SRAM’s HydroR (for hydraulic road). New to this group is the addition of contact point adjustment — the absence of which was a complaint of BikeRadar’s for existing hydraulic road brakes from both SRAM and Shimano. This allows users to set where in the lever stroke the pistons contact the rotors, similar to how riders with rim brakes can set the contact point with a barrel adjuster.

The HydroHC brakes also have reach adjust, as current HydroR mechanical-shift levers do.

SRAM etap hydrohc will be available in october:
SRAM etap hydrohc will be available in october:

Hydraulic braking meets wireless shifting in the forthcoming Red eTap HydroHC group

SRAM Red eTap HydroHC will be available in both post and flat mount caliper options, and will work with existing SRAM Red eTap 11-speed components.

SRAM said that the hoods are smaller in diameter than previous HydroR models.

The brand promised more details including pricing at the Eurobike trade show, which begins August 31.

Ben Delaney

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Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
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