Will the eTap AXS groupset function without a front derailleur? November 05, 2020 22:03 Updated Yes. SRAM RED and Force eTap AXS is designed to be used in both 1x and 2x drivetrain configurations. Related articles Can RED and Force eTap AXS™ be fitted to a bike that is currently compatible with 8, 9, 10 or 11-speed groupsets? What is the max rear tire width compatibility for the wider gearing Force eTap AXS front derailleurs? Can I assemble a SRAM RED eTap 2x11 system with no front derailleur to create a 1x drivetrain? Will the system still work? Do you need to use the wider gearing option front derailleur with the new Force 43/30 crankset? What is the max rear tire width compatibility for SRAM RED or Force eTap AXS front derailleurs? Comments 0 comments Article is closed for comments.