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Noun, Singular

Groupset is a term used to describe the collection of bike components that make up a drivetrain.

Example usage: I just upgraded my groupset to Shimano 105.

Most used in: Cycling communities worldwide.

Most used by: Road cyclists and mountain bikers.

Popularity: 9/10

Comedy Value: 2/10

Also see: Drivetrain, Component Group, Gearset, Groupset,


What is a Groupset?

A groupset is a collection of components used to build a bicycle drivetrain. It consists of the crankset, derailleurs, shifters, brakes, and chain. A groupset is usually sold as a complete package and is designed to work together for optimal performance.

Groupsets are available in a variety of price points, from entry-level to professional-grade. Entry-level groupsets are typically made from lower-grade materials, while higher-end groupsets are made from higher-grade materials for better performance and durability. According to a survey conducted by Cycling Weekly in 2019, Shimano is the most popular groupset among cyclists, with over 50% of respondents using Shimano components.

Groupsets are a key factor in determining the overall performance of a bicycle, so it's important to choose the right one for your needs. When selecting a groupset, consider the quality of the components, the weight of the components, and the cost. With the right groupset, you can be sure to get the most out of your ride.


Where Did the Cycling Term 'Groupset' Come From?

The term 'groupset' was first used in the cycling industry in the 1970s. It was first used in Italy, where the cycling industry was booming and many manufacturers were producing their own components. The term was used to describe a set of components that were designed to work together as a group, rather than as individual components.

The term groupset was originally used to describe the combination of derailleurs, brakes, cranksets, and other drivetrain components that were used to power a bicycle. However, over time the term has come to include other components such as wheels, handlebars, and even clothing. Today, the term is used to describe any combination of components that are designed to work together as a group.

Groupsets have become an important part of the cycling industry and have revolutionized how bicycles are designed and built. By having a set of components that are designed to work together, it makes it easier for manufacturers to produce bicycles that are lightweight, efficient, and reliable. This has allowed cyclists to push the boundaries of what is possible on a bicycle and has opened up a world of possibilities.

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