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.