SRAM Red eTap HydroHC wireless/hydraulic group announced

Contact point adjustment added to hydraulic brake/electronic shift system

This article first appeared on BikeRadar.

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 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.

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