In 2019, Shimano made waves as the first major component manufacturer to roll out gravel-specific parts. Fast forward four years, and they felt the GRX deserved an upgrade. Pulling out all the stops, they showcased the new GRX components to the world's media. Our representative had the unique opportunity to experience this in the United States, precisely in Oregon, where the GRX 12-speed was unveiled.
I can't hide my enthusiasm: I was on cloud nine. When cycling companies showcase new innovations, they don't pick locales like Charleroi or the outskirts of Paris or even the Ruhr district. They always go big, choosing scenic cycling spots. I've had the privilege of biking across some of the world's most beautiful terrains. But getting an invite to gravel ride in the U.S. was something special. Thanks to Shimano, this summer saw me boarding a flight to Oregon, eager to take on its famed gravel trails and test out the latest GRX components.
Shimano's latest GRX groupsets boast enhanced adaptability thanks to new sprocket combinations. The addition of another sprocket means more seamless gear shifts. Moreover, compared to the original 1×11-speed configurations, there's a broader gear range now. While the 11-42 cassette used to be the go-to for gravel bikes with a single front chainring, the introduction of the 10-45 and, notably, the 10-51 cassettes amplifies the range, especially in the lower gears. For the 1×12 setup, the new 12-speed cassettes are tailored to fit the existing Micro Spline hubs. On the other hand, the 12-speed cassette designed for the 2×12 system aligns with the HG Spline hub, a feature also present in Shimano's fresh 12-speed road groupsets.
Starting this month, the new components will be in stock at Bikelife. The suggested retail prices are set at 1529 euros for the 1X and 1579 euros for the 2X.