Shimano has introduced its first-ever gravel-specific carbon wheelset dubbed the GRX WH-RX870-TL, complimenting the Japanese components giant’s GRX range of groupsets.
“Ride or race, gravel cycling is about the adventure ahead. The comradery with friends or the friendly competition with others. Gravel is about getting up early to explore unknown roads or to push ourselves to new levels, and beyond. Gravel is a little different for everyone, but the goal is similar – enjoy the ride, whatever that means to you. With Shimano’s new GRX carbon gravel wheels, enjoying the ride just got easier. Whether your preferred riding terrain is fast gravel roads, serpentine single track, or bushwhacking along old goat paths, these lively tubeless-ready wheels deliver the key performance features necessary to assure a great day on the bike,” boasts Shimano.
The new 32mm profile GRX wheelset features a hooked rim design, along with external and internal widths of 30mm and 25mm, which can accommodate tires up to a beefy 700x50mm, while things spin on Shimano’s proprietary hubs that are laced with 24 straight-pull bladed spokes with external nipples and traditional cup-and-cone bearings.
Shimano claims the new wheelset weighs in at 1,461g (639g for the front and 822g for the rear), which sells for $1,399.
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