With four new frame platforms to choose from, Ribble Cycles is covering most of the bases when it comes to gravel. Human powered, or electric, aluminum, carbon, or Ti, the new Ribble Gravel lineup looks like it offers great value as well.
Ribble Gravel Ti
It’s hard to go wrong with a titanium gravel bike – except maybe with the price. But with complete Ribble Gravel Ti bikes starting out near the price of some titanium framesets, it offers an attractive way into the titanium fan club.
Built from triple butted 3Al/2.5V Titanium, the frame includes details like a 44mm head tube, internal cable routing that’s Di2 compatible, a BSA threaded bottom bracket, flat mount brakes, and plenty of braze ons for bottles, fenders, a rear rack, top tube bag, and three pack mounts on the fork blades as well.
Like all of the Ribble Gravel bikes, the Ti model offers clearance for up to 700c x 45mm or 650b x 47mm tires.
Pricing starts at $2,181.32 for the frameset, or you can get a complete bike for less than a grand more, starting at $2,985.38. For those interested in the newest Campagnolo group, Ekar 13 speed equipped builds are offered for $4,708.38.
Ribble Gravel SL
Maybe titanium isn’t your thing, and you’re after the lightest, most efficient gravel bike you can get your hands on. In terms of Ribble’s offerings, that would be the new Ribble Gravel SL which uses the same blend of Toray T1000 and T800 carbon fiber with an EPS inner core molding system used on the company’s Endurance SL R road bike.
The Gravel SL uses many of the same features as the Ti model with braze ons for days making it compatible with fenders, a rear rack, top tube bags, plus fork mounts. The frame uses internal routing that is Di2 compatible, a standard threaded bottom bracket, flat mount brakes, and provides tire clearance for up to 700c x 45mm or 650b x 47mm tires. The frame has even been designed to provide an aerodynamic edge with a D-shaped aero seat post and is compatible with their one-piece carbon handlebar & stem combo with fully internal routing.
Pricing starts out at $1,606.98 for the frameset, and complete builds start at $2,755.65, topping out at $4,823.25 – not bad for a carbon gravel bike with Shimano GRX Di2 1×11.
For an even more wallet-friendly option, the Ribble Gravel AL is an attractive aluminum gravel bike. Built from 6061 T6 aluminum, the frame uses smooth welds for a clean look and is paired with a full carbon fork. While the frame is certainly less expensive, you’re not giving up much in the way of features with the AL.
The frame still has almost all of the same braze ons (no rear rack mount on this one though), internal cable routing, a 44mm head tube, threaded bottom bracket, and flat mount brakes & thru axles at both ends. Once again, it offers tire clearance for up to 700c x 45mm or 650b x 47mm tires.
Pricing on the AL start out at just $802.92 for the frameset, or $1,836.72 for the complete bike with Shimano GRX 400 2×10.
Gravel AL e
Finally, say you want the affordability of the AL but a little boost of ‘e’? That’s where the Gravel AL e steps in with the assist of the Mahle X35+ e-bike system. Thanks to the relatively small 250Wh battery hidden in the downtube plus the rear hub motor, the AL e doesn’t scream ‘e-bike’ in the looks department. If you need more range, a range extender can be added which takes the form of a water bottle.
Otherwise, the AL e is very similar to the Gravel AL, just with a power button embedded in the top tube (and a PF86 bottom bracket).
Pricing for the AL e starts at $3,100.25, and tops out at $4,708.38 for the Shimano GRX Di2 1×11 hero build.