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Geek Warning: Shimano GRX going 12, and a flurry of new bikes

On this week's podcast, Shimano counts to 12, a recap from Handmade Bicycle Show Australia, and new road and gravel bikes ...

There is so much new stuff to talk about on this week’s Geek Warning! Unbound Gravel was a smorgasbord of fresh gravel good, including new bikes from Canyon and Santa Cruz, and a sneak preview of Shimano’s new 12-speed GRX groupset.

We’ve also recently spotted new road bikes from BMC and Factor, and Silca aims to make chain waxing (a lot!) easier. And speaking of Unbound, what was the true material cost of entry for this year’s event? Hint: It’s almost certainly much, much more than most participants expected.

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Of course, we have more over on the whole Escape Collective podcast network.


6:40 – What’s this new BMC race bike?
13:20 – Will the new Factor 02 VAM be even lighter?
17:44 – Shimano GRX 12-speed spotted at Unbound, plus our thoughts on 1x vs 2x for gravel.
28:05 – A more mountain bike-like Santa Cruz Stigmata on the way?
30:05 – Canyon Grail is due to get one less handlebar.
34:30 – Silca’s new Chain Stripper, the future of chain lubes, and why Caley is back on wax.
45:15 – Highlights of the Handmade Bicycle Show Australia.
54:12 – On your mind, and over the head of your family: Caley gives a shout-out to modern mountain bikes.
58:42 – James asks whether event participants consider the true cost of entry.
1:08:32 – PSA for your spare inner tube.


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