i think they had planned on letting avid stay fairly independant in terms of product development and stuff. i guess avid was outgrowing its owner's shell- they were having trouble keeping up with their growth for a bit. maybe now they will have the production resources they will need to continue growing and keep on rockin in the free world... wait that was a song nevermind.
i guess everything pretty much stays the same, just sram will act as a parent company and their name will be on the taxes at the end of the year... sram seems to be doing well (relatively speaking) with rock shox. they have turned a dump ass shite company with a horrible line of forks into a decent company with a shite line forks in a short period of time.