Riding Gravel Bikes in Montana: Single Track & Gravel on Shimano GRX Di2

Shimano’s new gravel-bike specific groupset, GRX, available for Di2, mechanical, 1x and 2x drivetrains, is a hallmark in the evolution of the gravel bike. Shimano has eschewed the idea of hodge podging a road / cyclocross group and calling it “gravel”, rather they spent close to five years developing a groupset for what is arguably the fastest-growing genre of cycling, circa 2019.

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I was invited to join journalists from USA and European-based magazine and internet publications for the official Shimano GRX media camp, hosted near beautiful Whitefish, Montana.

riding gravel bikes in montana
Kristen Legan was instrumental in organizing the assembled media.

This video showcases a good chunk of the riding experience at the camp, which in a nutshell, was an amazing experience. I’ll save my long-term thoughts of Shimano GRX Di2 for my long-term review, coming later to the Gravel Cyclist site and YouTube channel, but I leave you with this.

riding gravel bikes in montana

Make it a point to ride your bicycle, gravel, mountain or road, in the state of Montana – Big Sky Country. Our camp experience touched on amazing gravel roads close to Glacier National Park – I plan to return and explore some more in the future.

riding gravel bikes in montana
Tyler Benedict of BikeRumor.com

In the meantime, please enjoy my video.

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4 comments on “Riding Gravel Bikes in Montana: Single Track & Gravel on Shimano GRX Di2

      1. Amen, Brother… We were in the same boat there! I felt fortunate to be among the journalists at the event. It was great riding with you, my friend. Cheers!!

  1. JOM, love the content you put out there. Question/request for the review of the GRX groupset – my current setup has mechanical ultegra shifters and 2x and 11-spd derailleurs, and TRP-HYRD brakes. The shifting is great, brakes are good but could be better in my opinion. Is there a noticeable improvement in shifting with the GRX line over Ultegra, and will the GRX mechanical shifters and brakes work with my ultegra derailleurs?

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