Ribble Cycles launches 4 new gravel bikes
Ribble Cycles has introduced a new line of gravel bikes that include three frame materials for four different models. Founded in 1897, the British brand has focused on lightweight frames, stability and tire clearance in developing a line of products that it believes is faster, smoother and ready to hit challenging terrain. Ribble claims they now have a gravel bike for everything from extreme racing to the adventurer with bike packing.
Indeed, there are many options with frame materials made of titanium, carbon, and aluminum sold as frames only, and a number of complete build packages. Additionally, riders can customize their build using Ribble's BikeBuilder tool and even customize the color using the Custom Color Tool.
The new series offers a tire clearance of up to 45 mm with 700c wheels or 47 mm with 650b. On the design front, all frames have some degree of internal cable routing, with fully internal cabling through the frame and optional integrated carbon rods and stems available on the Carbon SL variant. In terms of functionality, Ribble has incorporated multiple attachment points on the frame and forks for additional luggage capacity.
"Our new gravel range was developed from a wealth of experience and design expertise that incorporates new R&D technologies and terrain-specific details across the platform and enables riders to experience trails in extremely new and exciting ways," explained Ribble CEO Andy Smallwood.
At the top of the frame range is the Gravel Ti, a handcrafted 3-Al / 2.5-V titanium frame with a triple joint and special profile and full build options from USD 3,000 / AU $ 4,330 / GBP 2,599 / EUR 2,545. The Gravel SL is, as the name suggests, a lighter modular carbon monocoque option with aero cues. Build options for the SL start at $ 2,775 / AU $ 4,000 / £ 2,399 / EUR 2,350 for a bike equipped with a GRX RX600, while the Shimano GRX Di2 comes with an integrated carbon handlebar stem.
Both the Gravel AL and the Gravel AL E are made of specially shaped, heat-treated 6061-T6 aluminum. The Gravel AL offers a value-add alloy gravel bike with a range of build options starting at $ 1,850 / AU $ 2,665 / £ 1,599 / € 1,565. The AL E is now a gravel e-bike that, according to Ribble, “looks, rides and feels like a traditional off-road bike”. The AL E gets its driving support thanks to a Mahle Ebikemotion X356 + hub system. Like the rest of the range, the AL E comes in a range of build options, from a GRX RX400 equipped bike to a Di2 equipped model, with prices starting at $ 3,125 / AU $ 4,500 / £ 2,699 / € 2,643.
The AL E seamlessly integrates the Ebikemotion system.
"We designed the frames with a gravel-optimized long-and-low geometry with an oversized head tube, short stem and flared bars to provide more confidence and a more planted feel over varied technical terrain," said Ribble Head of Product Jamie Burrow . "We have optimized the design of the new platform in terms of integration, compatibility and attention to detail in order to offer the rider a bike that works regardless of their chosen off-road riding style."
The Ribble Gravel Ti and SL models are available now, while the AL and AL E models can be pre-ordered.
More information is available at RibbleCycles.co.uk.