Gravel Groupsets Buyer's Guide: SRAM XPLR vs Shimano GRX vs Campagnolo Ekar

Which component group is best for riding and racing gravel?

Gravel Groupset Review: AXS v GRX v Ekar
(Image credit: Ben Delaney)

In addition to the slew of gravel bikes on the market, riders now have three good choices for gravel-specific component groups with offerings from SRAM, Shimano and Campagnolo. Here we look at the differences in terms of gearing, braking, ergonomics, maintenance, and availability, and we explore the positives and negatives of each family of gravel groups. 

What is best for you depends largely on budget, riding terrain, and personal ergonomic preference.  

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Ben Delaney

Ben Delaney has been working in cycling media since 2000, covering pro racing, tech, training, and even the business side of things at a trade publication. In a fit of early mid-life crisis, he temporarily left journalism and went to work at Specialized for a hot minute, where he and Mark Cote cooked up #AeroIsEverything. Don't hate him. After making fun of gravel in its early days, he's now all in as an evangelist for the sport, so don't get him started. But do go check out his new YouTube Channel, The Ride with Ben Delaney.