Ribble Cycles has updated their long running versatile all-road & gravel bike with the new affordable titanium CGR Ti gravel bike. Short for Cross Gravel Road, the CGR has long been Ribble’s most versatile do-it-all dropbar bike, and now in titanium it adds in a lifetime of chewing up any dirt, gravel, or paved road in its path…
Ribble Cycles CGR Ti affordable titanium gravel & all-road bikes
The ‘reimagined’ CGR Ti is the new flagship of the Ribble gravel fleet based on a new triple-butted and tapered ti tubeset, designed to bring the bump smoothing character of titanium to irregular road & gravel. Like the carbon & alloy bike in the CGR family, the new ti bike shares modern all-road & gravel details, plus the dropped seatstay design for even more compliance.
Gravel geometry & Tech details
Focused around more endurance-leaning geometry and available in a five size range (XS-XL), the CGR Ti is all about versatility, down to the rear rack mounts and option to run full-coverage mudguards. So race it on gravel, or build one up as a super commuter.
The CGR Ti is TIG-welded from subtly custom profiled triple-butted 3AL/2.5V titanium tubing, and features a straight 44mm headtube for the tapered steerer, full carbon fork. Ribble even lets you pick the ano color of the Level headset in either framesets or complete bikes.
The new gravel/all-road bike sticks with proven standards like a round 27.2mm seatpost (using an external clamp), a 68mm threaded bottom bracket, and band-clamp front derailleur mounting. But it also gets more modern flat mount disc brakes, 12mm thru-axles (f 100mm & r 142mm) and internal cable routing with Di2 compatibility.
Frame & fork have clearance for up to 650b x 47mm or 700c x 45mm tires (40mm with fenders). And the CGR Ti frame has a claimed weight of 1600g, plus another 470g for the uncut CGR Carbon Disc fork.
Ribble CGR Ti – Pricing & availability
The new CGR Ti is available in five standard complete builds suited to several different riding styles, or a £1800 frameset. The frame & fork aren’t manufactured in UK, but the British direct-to-consumer bike company prides itself on building up each complete bike in house (since 1897 apparently) which also allows them to offer more custom spec options via their online BikeBuilder tool.
Standard builds include a more all-road focused CGR Ti Sport for just £2300 with a Shimano 105 compact road double 40mm tires and full-coverage fenders. The £2800 Enthusiast steps up to an Ultegra mechanical double for faster all-roading.
Heading more off-road, the £2900 CGR Ti Gravel drops back down to 47mm tires on 650b wheels, with a GRX 1×11 drivetrain and flared dropbars.
Two more premium fast gravel or all-road race options are offered in the £4000 Pro with Ultegra Di2 or £7000 Hero with SRAM Red AXS, both with 2x road gearing, carbon wheels & high-end lightweight cockpit specs.
All of the bikes are available for pre-order now, with XS, S & L bikes expected to be delivered in mid-August, while the M & XL will ship later at the end of September 2020.