Ribble CGR AL

I bought this bike in late 2018 and it's been my go-to ever since.

Gravel bikes are like swiss army knives — one bike, many uses — and the CGR AL doesn't disappoint.

Tough enough for potential bikepacking yet quick enough for commuting, this bike has been a blast. Though the aluminum frame isn't the most forgiving on bumps, it makes up for it in responsiveness and transfer of power. The SRAM groupset has been faultless, as have the Schwalbe G-One 40c tyres which are incredibly long-wearing and are as grippy on the loose stuff as they fast on the tarmac.

My only notable upgrade since purchase is swapping out the bars for a pair of Ritchey's VentureMax flares, which have been a complete game changer. I believe Ribble have since started shipping CGRs with flared bars of their own brand (Level) and that's a good thing; it completely changes the handling and feel of the bike when off-road.

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  • frame

    53cm/M Ribble CGR AL Frame Orange (1680g) 27.2mm post / 31.8mm seat collar, tapered head tube. 3 yr warranty

  • fork

    CGR Carbon Disc Fork AL Orange (470g)


  • wheels

    Mason x Hunt All Season disc. 700c

  • tyres

    Schwalbe G-One 700x40c, skinwall WTB Nano 40c

  • rotors

    Shimano RT-81 160mm


  • shifters

    SRAM Rival 1

  • rear mech

    SRAM Apex 1

  • front mech


  • crank

    SRAM Apex 42t/170mm

  • bottom bracket

    SRAM GXP 68/73

  • cassette

    Sram PG-1130 Cassette 11-42T (538g)

  • chain

    Sram PC-1110 Chain (250g)


  • saddle

    Cotic slimline

  • seatpost

    Level Carbon 27.2mm

  • handlebar

    Ritchey VentureMax 42cm, Flared drops

  • grips or bartape

    Lifeline Handlebar Tape Black (50g)

  • stem

    Level Alloy Stem Black 90mm (145g)

  • headset

    Ribble Alloy Frame Headset Black One Size (190g)

  • brake set

    SRAM Rival flatmount

  • pedals

    Shimano XT pedals (340g)

Weight (approx)

  • 53cm - 10.00 kg / 22 lbs

Misc notes

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