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Shimano GRX gets an unexpected update ahead of Unbound

A close up of the polished silver Shimano GRX Limited groupset
(Image credit: Shimano)

With Unbound Gravel just days away, we're currently in peak season for new gravel tech launches, and doesn't Shimano know it? 

Just yesterday the brand unveiled its first-ever carbon fibre GRX wheelset, and now there's this, a limited edition run of polished-silver gravel groupsets known as GRX Limited. 

Launched originally back in 2019, Shimano's gravel groupset range has recently started to look a little long in the tooth. Following its road-going siblings' upgrade to 12-speed and semi-wireless, and with SRAM (Red, Force and Rival) and Campagnolo Ekar being on 12- and 13-speed respectively, we've been hoping to see a new version of Shimano GRX for months. A simple colour change of the existing groupset isn't exactly what we were hoping for, but we're not at all disappointed. 

A close up of the polished silver Shimano GRX Limited groupset

(Image credit: Shimano)

As suggested by the name, this is a limited edition product, limited to "a few thousand" in number, so unless you're really quick or very fortunate, don't expect to get your hands on one. Especially since a bunch of them have already been handed to custom bike builders, for bikes which will be on display at Unbound.

A close up of the polished silver Shimano GRX Limited groupset

(Image credit: Shimano)

For those of you who do manage to find an untapped supply, the GRX Limited will be available in three guises. The first, a 1x11 drop-bar option, will be priced at $1,360.00. A drop-bar 2x11 groupset will cost $1,465.00. The only flat bar option will be 1x11, and will cost $1,015.00.

A close up of the polished silver Shimano GRX Limited groupset

(Image credit: Shimano)

In addition to the colour change, a small update has also been applied to the hydraulic brake caliper compared to the original black groupset. The most noticable change comes in the position of the bleed port, but reports also suggest an increase in pad clearance as found on the updated Ultegra and Dura-Ace. Despite this, we're still holding out for a more substantial upgrade to GRX. 

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Josh has been with us as Senior Tech Writer since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years. He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Team Tor 2000. He's always keen to get his hands on the newest tech, and while he enjoys a good long road race, he's much more at home in a local criterium.