Tiny SRAM Wireless Blips give you eTap AXS shifting anywhere you want

After a long period of testing with athletes and special needs riders, SRAM is formally launching eTap AXS Wireless Blips. But, going wireless with the Blips has been on their minds since the day they launched AXS.

The tiny little Bluetooth buttons are designed to be stuck just about anywhere you can imagine. Fully self-contained, they come with clip-on TT bar mounts, a vacuum-formed surround, and double stick tape in the package, giving you plenty of ways to attach them.

sram wireless blips on a triathlon bike handlebar

SRAM has been testing them for about a year, and found that beyond just giving regular riders more placement options, they solved a couple problems for triathletes. And a lot of problems for hand cyclists…

sram wireless blips on a hand cycle grip with custom mount

This custom grip was made by one athlete to house the blip inside the brake hood and handle. The elimination of wires and hoses makes installation much easier, and allows for more ergonomic controls.

SRAM Wireless Blips Tech Specs

sram etap axs wireless blips remote shift buttons

The first you notice about the Wireless Blips is that there’s no charging port. And no battery cover. And that’s intentional. They need to be small to fit under the bar tape and the nooks and crannies of various handlebar shapes.

So, they are not re-usable. SRAM calls them “recyclable”, and not disposable, because you can take them to any place that accepts electronics for recycling, which includes Best Buy and Target, among others. Basically, you can drop them at any electronics recycling facility that accepts old cell phones, hearing aids, etc. So, what you do with them after they’ve made their last shift is up to you.

sram etap axs wireless blips remote shift buttons

Fortunately, that’ll take a while. SRAM estimates they’ll last an average of seven years. More specifically, the lifespan by rider type is pegged at:

  • Pro TT/Tri user with 4 blips = 4 years
  • Pro Drop bar racer = 6 years
  • Average rider = 9.5 years

While it’s easy to dismiss this as waste, it’s also easy to see why: Once they’re wrapped under your bar tape, there’s really no good way to charge them or replace a battery anyway. And, supposing you change your bar tape once per year, changing the battery every time just to be safe would potentially burn through 4x to 7x more batteries than necessary.

sram wireless blips on a road bike handlebar

And then there are the aforementioned benefits for special needs installations. SRAM says they’re a technical solution for those who want or need it, and they like to have options for everyone.

sram wireless blips on a road bike handlebar

The sealed design means they’re able to achieve IPX7 waterproofness. Which is good for cyclocross, gravel, triathlon…everything really.

sram wireless blips on a road bike handlebar

The Wireless Blips differ from the wired Blips and standard shift paddles in that they have a “momentary press” only. You press, and it fires off a single “click” for a single shift…for now.

Meaning, for now, you can’t hold it down for multi shifts, and that’s to save battery life so you’re not holding it down for long periods of time. Which means it also won’t work with the Reverb AXS since the dropper post requires a longer push-and-hold to give it time to drop…for now.

SRAM says a future firmware update will allow it to work with the AXS dropper seatpost and execute multi-shifts, but no definitive timeline is announced.

sram wireless blips on a triathlon bike handlebar

The Wireless Bliips need to pair with either drop bar shift paddles, the Vuka AXS 90 aero bars or a Blip Box to do the initial setup – basically any of their control units that has a “brain”. But once they’re paired to the derailleur(s), you don’t need any of those other shifters on or connected to the bike to use the Wireless Blips for shifting.

The catch is there are no adjustment buttons on them, so you’d need the AXS app to do micro-adjustments as necessary. Each pair is serialized, so you can see from within the app which pair you’re looking at if you’re running more than one pair on the same bike.

Retail is $99 (€100 / £90), available for sale in April 2022.

SRAM.com

 

Comes in a set of two for $100, works with any current 12-speed eTap AXS group. Look for them on some Scott bikes right now, and more OE placements to come.

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Joel
Joel
9 months ago

They defeat the whole purpose by requiring a blipbox to connect them.

Dan
Dan
9 months ago
Reply to  Joel

Agreed, that is a huge miss, maybe they can make it pair through the app in the future

Dan
Dan
9 months ago
Reply to  Joel

Only for the initial setup, apparently.

David Gray
David Gray
9 months ago
Reply to  Joel

It’s not required? It’s only required if your bike does not have any SRAM components to act as a master unit. It literally states that in the article.

Chris
Chris
9 months ago
Reply to  David Gray

Yeah, but reading is hard man.

fitness
fitness
9 months ago
Reply to  Joel

You didn’t read the article did you

Paul
Paul
9 months ago

Your SRAM.com link at the bottom is set to SRAM.coOm.

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Zach Overholt(@zachoverholt)
9 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Thanks Paul, fixed.

Urs Rudolph
Urs Rudolph
9 months ago

This shifter box surrounding the button is quite huge. I will keep my self soldered Shimano-Sprint-Shifter-SRAM-Clicks.

Michael
Michael
5 months ago
Reply to  Urs Rudolph

Does that work with the sram axs?

Jonathan cobb
Jonathan cobb
9 months ago

Not compatible with reverb AXS –

Robert Mann
Robert Mann
9 months ago

The Wireless Bliips need to pair with either drop bar shift paddles, the Vuka AXS 90 aero bars OR a Blip Box to do the initial setup 

Ben
Ben
9 months ago

So SRAM Rival shifters are apparently narrower since they don’t contain plug-ins for blips. I recall reviewers really liked this aspect of the shifters. Does this mean these new wireless blips can be used with SRAM Rival shifters and that this enables a new feature for this groupset.

Also, will the rest of the SRAM lineup get rid of the plug-ins in future groupsets?

Patrick
Patrick
9 months ago
Reply to  Ben

The plug ins have their place. They are much lower profile. They are not as disposable. They mount more securely. I don’t know why they are so f’ing expensive though. Especially when they’re wireless version is 3/4 of the price.

Jaap
Jaap
9 months ago

They are not re-usable. SRAM calls them “recyclable”. That’s just horrible, $99 disposable shifters…

Matt
Matt
9 months ago

Pretty cool. I think these could be great for use with clip-on aerobars for draft legal triathletes

Sandwich
9 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Exactly! And you can move them to the drops for sprint shifters for crits.

Frank
Frank
9 months ago

wrapped and no signal, then how can I know when and in which race it will die?

freakyfastfil
freakyfastfil
9 months ago
Reply to  Frank

you can monitor the battery through the app. if the battery life claims hold true you really shouldn’t have to worry about it till you’ve replaced the battery in the drop bars a few times.

claudio
claudio
9 months ago

possono essere utilizzati su Eagle Axs ?

Matt21
Matt21
9 months ago

What are the over dimensions of these (length, width, thickness)?

Bob Smith
Bob Smith
9 months ago

When these can do the axs reverb, I’ll pick up a pair.

moe
moe
9 months ago
Reply to  Bob Smith

absolutely my first thought

Joe J
Joe J
9 months ago

So would it be possible to use these on a MTB and ditch the shifter? One for up one for down.

Matt
Matt
9 months ago
Reply to  Joe J

From what I am reading that IS possible and pretty exciting since I can’t get the sifter/brake lever placement quite right on my MTB.

Tempting…

Nick
Nick
9 months ago
Reply to  Matt

I’m in the same boat. I’ve played with it for the past 2 years and it still doesn’t feel quite right.

Shafty
Shafty
9 months ago

While the overall battery life claim is great, it still doesn’t change the fact that the shifter is dead when power runs out. That’s never been the case with any other shifter before, and we’re supposed to accept it.

Really easy to claim these are “recyclable” when no one will hold you to it. It’s just like any plastic labeled “6” in the US, theoretically possible, but very likely these will be landfilled.

That’s what SRAM likes these days though, leaky dampers without available spare parts, damper shafts you can’t buy, fork bushings glued into place, hydro levers without any seals available, and now this. Good thing there are other options!

Marek
Marek
9 months ago
Reply to  Shafty

Dont forget the power meters connected directly to chainrings. But seriously, I think if you crack the plastic case you can replace the battery. There will most likely be something like CR2032.

Sandwich
9 months ago
Reply to  Marek

While I will typically take any opportunity to hate on SRAM, these are cheaper than blips, more flexible, and not much larger. I’m sure that somebody will figure out how to open the case and replace the battery, even if it means losing water resistance. Not a big deal IMO

mackd
mackd
9 months ago

Does this pair with the Gen 1 Etap 11 speed?

Ed Llorca
Ed Llorca
9 months ago

more crime from SRAM both environmental as well as expensive. The way overpriced wired blips were the right answer they just needed to be priced correctly.

JJJ
JJJ
9 months ago

why do they need to pair to drop bar shift paddles? This would be the ultimate dropper lever in a clean cockpit. missed a chance there

Christian
Christian
9 months ago

Only available in 2024. Why annouce it now when you can’t even make the product available??

Kook
Kook
8 months ago
Reply to  Christian

Available April 2022

ThatGuyOnABike
ThatGuyOnABike
4 months ago

The reason these are “recyclable” is the same reason they need a shiftier or blip box for initial setup (and why the blipbbox is about the same price as a pair of Rival shifters). If i wasn’t the case you could build the cheapest E-shift setup possible with whatever levers/brakes/bars you want.