3T Exploro Pro GRX
The new Exploro GRX exploits the best features of the new Shimano GRX group. In particular the shift lever ergonomics and the rear derailleur chain management are a big hit.
Here’s the deal: the past few years, the vast majority of gravel bikes we sold were spec’d with SRAM. Sometimes people wonder if we have a bias towards SRAM, but the reason was simply that only SRAM made gravel-specific components. Yes, it was always possible to build a Shimano gravel bike, but it was more a garage project than a feasible sellable product.
For instance, my personal bike combines an XTR Di2 rear derailleur with Di2 road shifters, but officially that doesn’t work. It does with some tricks (like initializing the pairing with a road rear derailleur and then switching them out) but as a bike company, we can’t really sell a bike like that. Especially when Shimano is always just one step away from “updating” the software and completely blocking such a setup from working.
On the mechanical side it wasn’t much better, requiring 3rd-party pieces (Wolf Tooth makes great ones) to expand the rear derailleur capacity. Great solutions, but again not something you can really offer as a bike company, more something you can try to tinker with on long winter nights.
All of that has changed now, with the introduction of Shimano GRX. This is their first gravel-specific full groupset. It comes in 1x and 2x, mechanical and Di2. Some of it is great, some of it is a bit pointless, and you can read all the details of it in our Gravel Tech article.
So we picked the parts we liked (1x, mechanical), chose the trim levels that made sense to us, combined them with our proven cockpit and the under-appreciated but smooth and durable Fulcrum Racing 7 wheelset to create a bike I really like.
Combined with the understated yet popping grey-blue paint and blue panel, this is a great bike. I know “understated yet popping” makes little sense (though slightly more than metallic almonds), but when you see it in real life you’ll understand. It’s grey, but it really stands out. That and the very competitive pricing mean this will be one of our most popular Exploro models.
Frame material: Unidirectional pre-preg carbon, High-modulus/high-strength performance blend layup
Fork: 3T Fango PRO
Headset: Sealed cartridge 1.125" - 1.5"
Handlebar: 3T Superergo PRO (S: 38cm - M: 40cm - L: 42cm - XL: 44cm)
Stem: Apto TEAM Stealth (S: 80cm - M: 90cm - L: 100cm - XL: 110cm)
Rear Derailleur: Shimano RX 812 - Direct mount long cage
Front Derailleur: none
Shift/brake levers: Shimano RX600
Brakes Shimano: RX400 Flat Mount Hydraulic Disc w/ Shimano 160mm Centerlock rotor
Crankset: Praxis Alba M30 DM, 42T (S: 170mm - M: 172,5mm - L: 175mm - XL: 175mm)
Cassette : Shimano CSM 7000 11-42T
Wheelset: Fulcrum Racing 700 DB
Tires: WTB Riddler 700x37c
Saddle: WTB SL8 142mm Black
Please contact us if you are interested in this product.