Shimano GRX 12-speed adds a gear but keeps the cables: ‘The market wants mechanical’, apparently

Latest generation includes one-by, two-by and entry-level components, plus a new gravel wheelset

Shimano GRX RX820 12-speed mechanical components
(Image credit: Anne-Marije Rook)

First spotted at Unbound Gravel at the start of June, Shimano today officially unveiled its latest generation of GRX components, consisting of three new 12-speed drivetrains, which, while adding an extra cog in the back, maintain its shift cables. 

"We feel pretty strongly that about 75% of the gravel market is mechanical. That's what they're purchasing," said Shimano's Road Brand Manager, Nick Legan. "We love electronic groupsets. We helped pioneer them. We have some pretty amazing ones, but we wanted to focus on the bulk of the market first."

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.