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Shimano RX8 Gravel Shoes: Checkpoint

As is often said, the best apparel and components simply “disappear” while riding, leaving you to enjoy the ride. The RX8 shoes from Shimano are the definition of such an apparel item. While either walking a gnarly, muddy dirt road or riding up and down hill and vale, the RX8 just got out of my way and let me do my thing.

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Gritty Take: Notes From the Shimano GRX Press Intro

We had the opportunity to attend the recent Shimano GRX Press Camp in Columbia Falls, Montana. There, we received a glimpse into the future of gravel bikes and components, including Shimano’s awesome new GRX Di2 electronic gravel groupset.

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Shimano RX8 Gravel Shoes: Getting Rolling

Finally, remember that “kickstand” knob at the end of the toe? Well, I laughed out loud when I read the marketing copy about this “feature”, but while commuting to work in the RX8’s the other day I found myself at a stop sign waiting on a traffic light, and you know what? I noticed that little knob was actually kinda nice to have.

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PRO Brand Discover Big Flare Bars: Getting Rolling

Living up to its name, the Discover Big Flare Bar features 30° degrees of kicked out, drop section goodness. That’s the most flare on a bar that we have tested.

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Shimano GRX rear derailleur
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Shimano GRX 800 Components: Getting Rolling

In May, Shimano caused quite a stir when it announced GRX, the world’s first dedicated gravel road components. It’s a bold move from the Japanese component giant, and it’s a sign of the direction they see cycling moving in the future. We recently got an exclusive first ride on Shimano’s GRX mechanical group and here are our first impressions.

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Cannondale Topstone 105: At The Finish

Hot on the heels of Cannondale’s recent announcement of the 2020 Topstone Carbon, it’s time to wrap up the review of the 2019 Topstone 105 we’ve been testing since early-May.

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Gravel Grinder News: Shimano Announces New RX8 Gravel Shoe

Gravel Grinder News: Shimano Announces New RX8 Gravel Shoe – by Guitar Ted Last year Shimano quietly introduced a set of gravel shoes dubbed the…

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Gritty Take: Why Shimano’s GRX Group Is A Big Deal

Gritty Take: Why Shimano’s GRX Group Is A Big Deal- by Guitar Ted Shimano’s news of the GRX group of components released today was all…

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Gravel Grinder News: Shimano PRO Introduces Flared Drop Bars, Bags

Gravel Grinder News: Shimano PRO Introduces Flared Drop Bars, Bags- by Guitar Ted The world of cycling information is full of press releases, and here…

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Shimano XC-5 Shoes: Quick Review

Shimano XC-5 Shoes: Quick Review- by Guitar Ted Recently I “blew out” my favorite shoes for riding gravel. They were an old pair of Shimano…

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