Shimano’s GRX gravel group just got a lot shinier…and lighter. A new polished shifter lever, crankset, brakes, and derailleur are available now, offering modern dirt road performance with a classic look.

To celebrate, Shimano’s showing them off on 10 full custom bikes from 10 different builders at the 2022 Unbound gravel race expo. Fortunately, we’ve got pics of them below, too, along with all the tech details…

Limited Edition Polished GRX Group

shimano GRX limited edition polished silver gravel bike component groupset shown on a custom Firefly titanium bicycle

All photos courtesy of Shimano. Bike and detail photos by Kevin Fickling.

After the formal debut at Unbound, you’ll be able to buy it only as a complete groupset from frame builders and aftermarket retailers. Shown above is the 2x GRX Limited group on a titanium Firefly Bicycles gravel bike. Notice those new carbon GRX wheels, too, they just launched to provide a much lighter weight option for gravel racers.

shimano GRX limited edition polished silver gravel bike component groupset

The group will come in three versions:

  • 1×11 Drop Bar ($1,360 MSRP)
  • 2×11 Drop Bar ($1,465 MSRP)
  • 1×11 Flat Bar ($1,015 MSRP)

…the key difference being the brake and shifter levers offered for the flat bar version. If you want one, contact your local shop ASAP before they’re gone.

shimano GRX limited edition polished silver gravel bike component 1x groupset

The 1x group’s crankset gets just the polished crankarm…

shimano GRX limited edition polished silver gravel bike component 2x groupset

…but the 2x gets a polished large chainring, too.

shimano GRX limited edition polished silver gravel bike component groupset

The rear derailleur gets a polished main body, B-knuckle, and pulley cage.

polished silver brake calipers for shimano grx limited edition gravel bike group

Brakes get polished calipers, and the brake levers are polished silver, too.

GRX Limited show bikes gallery

angel custom titanium gravel bike with shimano grx limited polished silver components

In addition to the Firefly (titanium) and English Cycles (steel) gravel bikes shown above, several other builders created custom bikes to show off the GRX Limited group. Above is an Angel Cycle Works titanium gravel bike out of Spain.

Chumba custom steel gravel bike with shimano grx limited polished silver components

Chumba’s custom steel gravel bike comes out of Austin, Texas.

enigma custom titanium gravel bike with shimano grx limited polished silver components

Enigma’s custom titanium gravel bike crosses over from Hailsham, UK.

low custom aluminum gravel bike with shimano grx limited polished silver components

LOW Bicycles is the sole aluminum frame builder in the bunch, hailing from San Francisco, CA.

mariposa custom steel gravel bike with shimano grx limited polished silver components

Mariposa builds in steel out of Toronto, Ontario in Canada.

mosaic cycles custom titanium gravel bike with shimano grx limited polished silver components

Mosaic went with the flat bar setup on their titanium gravel bike, made in Boulder, CO.

speedvagen custom steel gravel bike with shimano grx limited polished silver components

Speedvagen closes it out with a wild paint scheme on their steel gravel bike made in Portland, OR.

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Vince E.
Vince E.
1 month ago

Looks like they were left in the ultrasonic cleaner too long. I could that myself!

whatever
whatever
1 month ago

How about Shimano concentrate on producing regular GRX components, and for that matter, nearly everything else. Doesn’t seem to be but a tiny number at most of bikes with GRX anything available, and the picture isn’t any better on the mountain bike side of things. Needed to replace a SLX master cylinder, and there are none to be found. Looked for compatible Deore, XT, and XTR as well… nothing!

Ken
Ken
1 month ago
Reply to  whatever

How much faster is production without paint and anodizing everything, though? I know polishing takes time but there are a lot of steps for paint/ano. Minimal hand polishing after time in a tumbler would be even faster. Maybe they should do both, polished looks way better on some builds.

Sven
Sven
1 month ago
Reply to  whatever

It’s a logistics problem not a production problem

whatever
whatever
1 month ago
Reply to  Sven

Same thing applies.

dr_lha
dr_lha
1 month ago
Reply to  whatever

Looks like Shimano might be having difficulty getting GRX parts too, that rear brake caliper isn’t a regular GRX one. Looks like an ultegra R8170 rebranded as GRX. I guess that’s officially an upgrade.

Greg
Greg
1 month ago
Reply to  dr_lha

It’s the same as in the release picture in the article. Considering the original GRX calipers were identical to Ultegra, it stands to reason that Shimano updated the GRX calipers when they updated the Ultegra for the 8170 group.

Ken
Ken
1 month ago

It makes so much more sense to polish brake calipers as a mirror finish radiates heat much better than black, less visible rub marks on the cranks, too. Plus it looks very classy.

arp
arp
1 month ago
Reply to  Ken

Technically not true that polished radiates heat better than black (black is better), but agree with the classy comment.

Ken
Ken
1 month ago
Reply to  arp

Might double check your info.

Robin
Robin
1 month ago
Reply to  Ken

What’s the basis for your claim? You might want to look up “black body radiation”.

FritzP
FritzP
1 month ago
Reply to  Ken

XTR IceTech rotors have black coating on exposed aluminum fins for better heat radiation. XT rotors do not.

Astro_Kraken
Astro_Kraken
1 month ago

Gum hoods and Di2 and I’m in.

Dolan
Dolan
1 month ago

I guess we get shiny GRX while we wait for 12 speed GRX.

Gerald
Gerald
1 month ago

I like the shiny aluminum finish’s. Goes really well with those non plastic frames they wee mounted on.

some_mechanic
some_mechanic
1 month ago

Definitely expected someone would have pointed this out by now but curious to see GRX branding on some parts out of their 12 speed series.. possibly 12sp Di2 GRX to be the next big announcement from Shimano?

FritzP
FritzP
1 month ago
Reply to  some_mechanic

Or maybe there’ll be mechanical GRX 12 speed!

Oscar the grouch
Oscar the grouch
1 month ago

Interesting, credit to Shimano for doing this. It shows it’s not really about the colour of the parts but the styling. TBH and I’m suprised to think this but now I’ve seen it, these parts look better in black. Nothing looks as good to me as Campagnolo and Shimano from 10-15 years back (or older). Smoother lines and all silver finish looked great.

Mace
Mace
1 month ago

Great, now how long do we wait for this? We still can’t get anything regular from Shimano! How about working on getting us the parts we need #Shimano

Larry Falk
Larry Falk
1 month ago

Very glad to see this. Maybe it will be more popular than they realize and then the shiny finish will be available on other groupsets.

mud
mud
1 month ago

Shimano just can’t seem to make a good looking crank IMO. Black and can hide a lot of sins. That is so much more obvious in silver.

mud
mud
1 month ago
Reply to  mud

Black ano meant to say, freakin auto correct

Dolan
Dolan
1 month ago
Reply to  mud

Shimano has made some very nice looking cranks in the past (M800 XTR, D/A 7401, M985 XTR, Alfine, etc) but a lot of their recent stuff is quite homely, probably because it’s optimized for other things than looks. That said, the GRX double is particularly fugly.

sean smith
sean smith
1 month ago

Since modern Components uses more plastic parts, the can’t go totally silver. So the mix of shiny silver and left black parts make them look like cheaper alvio or tourney RD. (no offence on, alvio or tourney, just not as classy as it was planned)