Instead of telling gravel riders what they needed, we asked them what they wanted. Shimano spent two years listening and countless hours speaking with gravel enthusiasts from all over the world. We took to dirt and gravel roads, narrow singletrack paths, creek crossings, and mountain passes to test ourselves and our notions of drop bar cycling. We pinned on race numbers and packed up bikepacking bags. We ate energy bars and mixed recovery drinks. Then we chowed on burgers, and knocked back a few beers. We choked on dust and reveled in mud. And the result of all that riding and all those new friendships? First, Shimano’s Gravel Alliance and now, Shimano GRX, the world’s first dedicated gravel component series.
We aren’t here to dominate the gravel scene or change its direction. We know a good thing when we see it. We don’t want to reinvent the wheel. We love gravel just the way it is. We simply wanted to create a set of components that would allow you and your friends to ride exactly the way you want to ride. GRX does just that.
When setting out to build GRX we knew we wanted options. Single and double chainring drivetrain options. Optional braking positions. Dropper post options. So we created ways to integrate all those options with modern hydraulic disc brakes and mechanical and Di2 electronic drivetrains.
We also wanted to feel confident as we bumped down uneven roads, jumped potholes, and carved corners. So we developed new ergonomics for the Shimano STI levers used in the GRX line. Enhanced lever shapes offer better braking feel and increased leverage. Textured brake lever coatings mean that whatever the weather, you’ll stop with confidence. New hood designs ensure a secure hand position whenever the unexpected arrives.
We also wanted new wheels with wider tubeless rims. And we wanted them in a fast, 700c size and the rowdier, more playful 650b dimension.
And finally, we wanted Shimano GRX to perform at the highest levels of gravel racing while still offering options that make it accessible to riders on a budget. In setting these design goals, we also developed components that are great for cyclocross racing, bikepacking, and nearly any bike exploration endeavor. Simply put, Shimano GRX represents the world’s finest way to go out and Explore Beyond.