Throughout this summer, one of the projects I’ve been working on is a comprehensive update to our article covering the best power meters. As with all of our buyer’s guides, that has involved exhaustive testing and a deep dive into the features of every option for every product I include, and even the ones I don’t. When it was time to look at the SRAM options, including the SRAM Red AXS power meter and the SRAM Apex AXS power meter upgrade, I found something called SRAM AXS Web. It was clearly a strength of SRAM power meters and I labelled it as such in the buyer’s guide.
SRAM AXS Web is a product that, as SRAM says, “tells the story of how your bike performed” on your ride. A good way to think about that is to consider how many of us use a product like Strava. After a ride, while having a bit of food, you might browse through the data that describes how your body performed. You could zoom in and check your power and heart rate on that one climb you love (or hate) and see if you did a better job that day. What you can’t see is what gear you were in or if your tire pressure was right. That’s where SRAM AXS Web comes into the picture. The system still has performance data as it relates to your body but it goes well beyond that and takes a deep dive into the hardware you were using.
One of the more surprising aspects of all this, to me at least, is that SRAM AXS Web isn’t new at all, but has in fact been around since 2020 and simply passed me by, despite the fact that I’ve been primarily riding SRAM AXS since Red came out in 2019 and AXS Web is part of the AXS phone app.
For years SRAM has had a comprehensive ride analysis tool available for free that works with any hardware. It’s integrated into the software that SRAM hardware riders have to use for management of that hardware. It’s also the perfect backend system for Hammerhead computers, which have been part of the SRAM ecosystem since 2022. Despite all that, there’s virtually no press coverage and I’ve never met anyone who uses it. Keep reading to see what it can do for you and why I think it might play an even bigger role in the next generation of SRAM products.
What does SRAM AXS Web provide?
There are a lot of services that allow you to analyse your ride after the fact. First you will see data about the ride. That means statistics like how far did you ride, how fast, elevation gain, and…