General Road Climb

Published on January 17th, 2017 | by Cliff

What the heck is SRAM WiFLi?

If you’ve done any drivetrain shopping lately, chances are you’ve come across the term WiFLi. Though it looks like either a “WiFi” typo, or a pretty bad name for a hip-hop dance squad, WiFLi is actually just what SRAM calls their wider range cassettes and derailleurs.

WiFLi is short for “Wider, Faster, Lighter” (yes, that’s a painfully clunky acronym), and it’s SRAM’s creative way of denoting components that offer a more spaced-out gear range with a cassette that goes all the way to 32 teeth, as opposed to the more standard 28 teeth.

Now that leads us to another question: Why would you want a cassette with a wider range? If you’re a professional racer, the answer is, you wouldn’t. But for the average rider, some extra teeth at the cassette’s low-end can make tough climbs a heck of a lot easier. So if you want a little more oomph on the uphill, or if you’d just like a wider range of gearing to choose from, you’ll want to keep an eye out for the WiFLi designation on SRAM’s drivetrains.

Check out our WiFLi Components

That’s another cycling mystery demystified by your friends at Art’s Cyclery!

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Cliff

was born in the heart of Texas and raised on the beautiful west coast—he’s a classy southern gentleman with Cali style. Cliff is a writer, an editor, and a recent journalism graduate who’s just breaking into the wild world of cycling.



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