- - Shimano Expands Its Range of Gravel Groupsets with New 2 x 12-Speed GRX RX825 Di2

Shimano Expands Its Range of Gravel Groupsets with New 2 x 12-Speed GRX RX825 Di2

Electrifying Shimano’s 12-speed gravel component family, the new 2 x 12-speed GRX RX825 Di2 components combine Shimano’s electronic shifting with optimized gearing options for riding, racing, and all-day adventures thanks to a new suite of electronic Di2 parts, dual control levers refined for comfort and control, a SHADOW RD+ equipped rear derailleur for better chain management and a gravel-optimized front derailleur for precise shifting.

“Designed for gravel riders who live to be in the moment, who venture down lonely, unknown dirt roads, who take on routes and races with unpredictable outcomes, Shimano GRX 12-speed Di2 delivers precise, reliable, distraction-free performance in all conditions,” boasts Shimano.

• Evolved Di2 Platform – Redesigned Di2 system with fast, precise shifting and a wireless cockpit design for ultimate performance and absolute reliability.

• Advanced Gravel Drivetrain – Optimized 12-speed gearing for unrivaled efficiency and Shimano’s proven HYPERGLIDE+ technology for seamless shifting, no matter the situation.

• Refined Interface and Ergonomics – The ultimate balance of comfort and grip, GRX offers unparalleled ergonomics, a cleaner cockpit design, and ultimate customization.

Electrified 2 x 12-Speed GRX Gearing Options 

First launched last year, Shimano’s new suite of gravel components brings an electronic shifting option to the 2 x 12 GRX group courtesy of new GRX RX825 Di2 shift levers, available satellite switches, front derailleur and rear derailleur with the existing RX820 crankset, cassette, and brakes, allowing gravel cyclists and bikepackers alike to enjoy the hallmark Di2 shifting performance and reliability of 2 x 12-speed gravel gearing.

Like with the RX820 mechanical components, riders can tailor their gearing with the 48/31-tooth chainrings or opt to use the RX610 crank and its 46/30-tooth chainrings. Similarly, riders can choose from an 11-36T or 11-34T cassette for a wide gear range with tight gear steps so they can spin a comfortable cadence. GRX RX825 Di2 compatible gearing options:

• 48/31T RX820 crank

• 46/30T RX610 crank

• 11-36T HG710 cassette

• 11-34T R9200, R8100, R7100 cassettes

Also, any of these gearing combinations pairs with Shimano’s latest carbon gravel wheels, the WH-RX880. 

Unrivaled Shimano Di2 Electronic Shifting for Gravel

Like its 12-speed DURA-ACE, ULTEGRA and SHIMANO 105 Di2 siblings, the new GRX Di2 system is wired where it makes sense, featuring a central, multi-port battery that supplies stable, long-lasting power to both front and rear derailleurs. Smaller diameter wires connect directly from the battery to each derailleur, eliminating the need for junctions and streamlining the build process. Moreover, the central internal battery also simplifies charging and remains secure over the roughest roads, trails, or whatever less traveled path a rider may choose.

Shimano Di2 Wireless Cockpit

Shimano’s 12-speed GRX Di2 features a wireless gravel-specific cockpit where raised hoods with ribbed surface texture and anti-slip brake levers provide ultimate hand security, while the location of the third Di2 button on the inside of the hood further enhances ergonomics. 

Flared For Gravel

The new dual control levers also employ a gravel-optimized body shape cross-section for seamless integration with flared handlebars. Rounder in shape, the transfer from the handlebar to hood is smoother and creates a larger surface area to help eliminate pressure points.

ST-RX825 – Hydraulic Disc Brake DUAL CONTROL Lever

• Wireless Di2 Connectivity

• 2 x 12-speed Dual-Control Levers/Weight: 415 grams/pair

• Gravel-specific brake lever and bracket ergonomics

• New flared drop bar optimization

• Anti-slip coating on brake lever surface

• Three Di2 buttons per lever for E-TUBE PROJECT Cyclist app customization

• Replaceable coin cell batteries (2 x CR1632) with an expected lifespan of 3.5 to 4 years 

Accessory Di2 Shift Switches

The new Di2 system also allows for accessory shift buttons, another key advantage of electronic shifting. Plugging in one of Shimano’s satellite shifters, whether on the tops, drops, or on a set of aero bars, riders can more consistently maintain their effort without the need to move their hands. Like the third button on the GRX Di2 dual-control levers, these satellite switches can be assigned various functions including shifting either the derailleur to control compatible lights and cycle computers, or as a lap button during workouts.

SHIMANO SHADOW RD+ Rear Derailleur

The RX825 rear derailleur features Shimano’s pioneering SHADOW RD+ technology. With its convenient on/off switch, SHADOW RD+ makes removing the rear wheel easy when turned off. When on, the drivetrain is under additional tension that makes for a quieter ride and more precise shifting.

Like on Shimano’s road 12-speed Di2 systems, the rear derailleur is also the communication hub of the drivetrain, communicating wirelessly with the shift levers, compatible cycle computers, and E-TUBE PROJECT Cyclist via a smartphone. It also houses the system’s charge port and the multi-function button which allows riders to easily check battery level, pair via Bluetooth, and enter adjustment mode for both derailleurs.

RD-RX825 Rear Derailleur

• SHIMANO SHADOW RD+ Chain Stabilization

• Integrated D-FLY connectivity and charging

• 12-speed

• Compatible with 11-34T and 11-36T cassettes

• Weight: 310 grams

Wider Chainline for More Clearance

Like the very first GRX groups, the RX825 system employs a wider, +2.5mm chainline for improved tire clearance. This is especially helpful with the trend towards wider tires and events where mud is expected.

FD-RX825 Front Derailleur

• Chainline +2.5mm vs. conventional road FD

• Wider tire clearance

• 2 x 12-speed

• Weight: 142 grams


Using Shimano’s E-TUBE PROJECT Cyclist application, riders can choose between different gear shift intervals for multi-shift, customize shift button assignment (what buttons perform which functions), program different automatic shift modes like Synchronized and Semi-Synchronized shifts, and fine-tune shifting.

Additionally, the launch of RX825 also coincides with the debut of Shimano’s new FRONT SHIFT NEXT functionality. With this firmware update, you can now utilize Shimano’s user-friendly E-TUBE PROJECT Cyclist app to program any 12-speed Di2 button to shift the front derailleur to whichever chainring you are not currently using and then toggle back and forth using the same button. This new firmware is compatible not only with GRX RX825, but also with Shimano’s family of 12-speed road Di2 groups. The result is simpler, more intuitive shifting for less-experienced riders and quicker decision-making for veteran riders in the heat of competition.

Lastly, along with dramatically simplifying the gear-changing process, Shimano FRONT SHIFT NEXT can also free up other switches to handle tasks such as moving through multiple screens on a paired cycle computer, turning on and off compatible lights, or hitting the “lap” button on your cycle computer so you can keep your hands securely in place, even during your hardest efforts.

The new GRX RX825 Di2 groupset sells for $2,534.00. 

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