A detailed image showing the rear derailleur from SRAM's eagerly anticipated Eagle eTap group has emerged. The shot, which was posted to Instagram yesterday by UCI mountain bike photographer Michal Cerveny, shows the dusty, wireless rear derailleur from the yet-to-be-confirmed mountain bike group on Nino Schurter's Scott Spark.
It's the first time we've got a detailed look at the component, which aside from finishing touches, such as stickers, looks like it's almost ready for production.
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SRAM's Eagle eTap might be on the way. Photos posted on Instagram appear to show an electronic version of SRAM's top-tier 12-speed mountain bike group mounted to cross-country world champ Nino Schurter's Scott Spark.
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The leaked images appear to show a battery-equipped rear derailleur paired to a 12-speed Eagle cassette.
Even Schurter's own Instagram account offers a potential clue. While not entirely clear, it appears that his bike is without a rear derailleur cable coming from the right-hand shifter.
Studying the image shows what looks to be three hoses coming from the left side, which would consist of the front disc brake, fork lockout, and rear shock lockout. That lines up with his RockShox suspension sponsor and its hydraulically-actuated lockouts.
The patent drawings are owned by SRAM LLC for the rear derailleur and SRAM Deutschland GmbH for the shifters.
With a battery added to the back of the derailleur body, the Eagle eTap rear derailleur appears to be a mashup of the current XX1 Eagle and Red eTap rear derailleurs.
Eagle eTap shifters
Three shifters have been presented in the patent drawings. One appears to resemble the standard under the handlebar shifter that attaches via SRAM's existing clamps.
Contrary to SRAM's current thumb-only shifters, the drawings seem to indicate thumb and index finger buttons or paddles.
The other shifter features a clamp that surrounds the bar similar to Shimano XT and XTR Di2 shifters. Despite its mild GripShift appearance, it looks to have two buttons or paddles for controlling the rear derailleur.
The third shifting option looks to be the smallest and most elegant with the majority of the electronic gizmos tucked inside the handlebar. The patent drawings detail a lock-on grip with a very small button or lever protruding through the grip.
When is electronic Eagle coming?
BikeRadar has contacted SRAM for comment on the development of this new group. We've yet to receive a response.