SRAM announced a new groupset, the Via GT. It’s said to complete SRAM’s 2×10 road and mountain bike range by bridging the gap to include other disciplines of cycling.
Via GT is built for trekking and urban bikes. Tech is integrated from both RED road and XO mountain bike groups. SRAM’s sticking to their guns with a 2×10 setup – 2 chainrings on the front with 10 cogs on the cassette. The gear range definitely looks wide enough to handle the stress that trekking entails with the cassette ranging from 11-36 teeth and a choice between a 48/32 or 48/34 chainring setup on the front.
Pictured above, Via GT gets trigger shifters of the same design as XO with a super readable gear indicator. Two color schemes are offered – Icelandic Black and Falcon Grey. Availability is set for September of this year and it’ll show up on bikes by Specialized, Merida, Lapierre, Giant, Raleigh, BMC and many more.
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With 20 gears total, SRAM promises that there are no duplicates and that all gears are accessible without chain rub. SRAM wants stiff shifting, and cage length on the aluminum derailleur is a long 93mm to help with that and pick up the chain slack.
Via GT has two options for brakes – hydraulic disc brake and V-brake. The disc brakes are, according to SRAM “Urbanized”, meaning they don’t grab as hard as do standard discs and instead slow the bike gradually. Total weight of the group with disc brakes equipped is 2691g. With V-brakes the weight is 2448g.
Trigger shifters come in black and grey. They’re ball-bearing mounted ergo shifters and SRAM describes them as changing gears “quickly and precisely”.
Ergonomic brake levers can be adjusted to match your hand. They offer a choice of V-Brake with replacement brake shoes or a mechanical 160mm rotor disc brake.
Yep, Dynamo hubs too. Two hub dynamos of different power run the lights. SRAM writes, “the optimized coil doesn’t flicker, even at slow speeds”.
The crankset with or without the protective aluminum chainguard.
The chainguard above is compatible with both single chainring and 48/32 teeth cranksets. Aluminum CNC machined chainrings get SRAM’s X-glide tech, which makes shifting quick and easy and comes standard on SRAM’s high end Red groupsets.
There’s no pricing yet and the set isn’t on SRAM’s website. We’ll keep you updated as more info becomes available.