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Shimano RX801 and RX8R Shoes: Checkpoint

Maybe MG said it best when he said, “Light, stiff, comfortable… The RX8Rs have all three. I’m digging ’em.”

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Gravel Grinder News: New Dura-Ace, Ultegra Show Hints Of Gravel Tech Future

Our look at the new Dura-Ace and Ultegra 12 speed and what- if any- implications it may have for a future GRX offering, and gravel tech in general.

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Shimano SD5A Cycling Sandals: Quick Review

Long revered among touring cyclists and RAGBRAI riders, Shimano’s SPD cycling sandals are also a popular summer option for gravel cyclists.

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Gravel Grinder News: Shimano Announces New RX8 Gravel Shoe Color

Gravel Grinder News: Shimano Announces New RX8 Gravel Shoe Color – by Guitar Ted Last year Shimano introduced a new segment to their vast product…

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Gravel Grinder News: Shimano Introduces 25th Anniversary SPD Sandals

Just in time for summer’s blazing heat, Shimano has launched a special 25th anniversary version of its beloved SPD sandal.

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Shimano GRX Components: At the Finish

Shimano GRX Components: At the Finish – by MG As the deep freeze of winter begins to break, it’s time to wrap-up our long term…

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Shimano RX8 Gravel Shoes: At The Finish

The RX8 does what a gravel bike does. It takes what was a road thing, for smooth paved surfaces, and it makes it into a rough road, dirt road thing. Gravel riding is not mountain biking, (despite the cross-over at some points), and the demands of road riding are a bit closer related to what we do on gravel “roads” than what people need to have for single track. Therefore; it is my opinion that a slightly modified road shoe is what will do the job best, and Shimano has knocked it out of the park with the RX8

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Ritte Satyr Gravel Bike: Quick Review

Anyone with a love for the classic ‘feel of steel’ will be delighted with the ride quality and feel of the Ritte Satyr. It accelerates quickly, with steel’s characteristic liveliness under heavy pedaling. It feels alive in a way that few carbon frames do.

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Shimano GRX Components: Checkpoint

Without a doubt, one of the hottest stories of 2019 in the gravel world is the introduction of Shimano GRX. Today, we’ll share Guitar Ted’s impressions of the 1x GRX group he’s running on his Noble GX5, and I’ll give my thoughts on the 2x mechanical and Di2 versions of the group.

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PRO Discover Big Flare Bars: Checkpoint

With its massive 30 degree flare and 35 degrees of sweep, the new Discover Big Flare handlebar from PRO Bike Gear is one of the more radical gravel drop bars available today. Guitar Ted and I received early samples for testing, and here are our impressions of the bar after two months of riding.

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