Road bike shifting has come a long way in the roughly 75 years it’s been around. The number of gears has ballooned from 2 to 11, shifters have moved from the frame to the brake levers and traditional cable actuation is poised to give way to electronic shifting. There’s little doubt that the revolutionary new tech, which replaces traditional steel cables with small electric servos, will eventually become commonplace. Two decades ago that couldn’t have seemed further from the truth.
The times, they are a-shiftin'
Crank, For Less
Who says an awesome SRAM kit has to crush the bank account? Combined with the first 11-32 cassette and a 50-34 crankset on the road, the SRAM Apex Groupset ($676) gives you a wider gear range for those massive ascents and rapid descents without any of the clunky triple cranks. SRAM doesn’t skip on other…