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It's hard to say exactly what to expect from the latest road group from Mountain Bike gear specialists SRAM. Especially as at Eurobike the system was under glass and will not be released until late 2006. There will be some teams using the SRAM system (so the top group will be carbon orientated and probably 10 speed) early next season and the public launch will be later in the year.

SRAM's other companies (Avid and Truvativ) will no doubt be supplying the non gear elements of the Groupset when it finally gets launched. This is a carbon through axle style crank and Truvativ also offer seat posts and bars, so the group could be quite comprehensive.

The Levers (sorry no pic as yet) are a cross between Shimano and Campagnolo in style and, by the looks of them, function. For the time being that is as much as we know.

On the MTB market SRAM have made impressive gains on the monopoly of Shimano, especially with their latest trigger shifter. By the looks of it they will certainly create some headaches in the Road market too. Shimano compatible shifting will be welcome to add compatibility solutions for those wanting to use an alternative way.

• www.sram.com