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Video Just In: Ribble CGR adventure and gravel bike

Ribble releases versatile adventure bike ideal for commuting, touring and bikepacking

This bright yellow bike is the new Ribble CGR, the British company’s take on the growing gravel and adventure bike category. If you’re looking for a rugged and versatile bike that can take on everything from commuting to bikepacking but you don’t want to spend a fortune, this £940 (as pictured, prices start from £799) bike could be for you.

CGR, by the way, stands for Cross, Gravel and Road. It’s built around an aluminium frame and carbon fibre fork with clearance for up to 35mm tyres, and there are rack and mudguard mounts - our test bike has come with optional mudguards ready fitted. Ribble has stuck with conventional quick release axles rather than thru-axles as are becoming standard on more expensive adventure bikes.

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You can choose from a number of builds, and use the company’s online bike builder to choose a specification to match your budget. This one comes with a Shimano Tiagra groupset with a compact chainset and hydraulic disc brakes. Slick Continental 25mm tyres are fitted to Shimano RX05 disc wheels. Obviously, you could spec different tyres if you wanted to put something on that would allow you to tackle off-road trails as well.

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It’s an all-rounder, and that's the big appeal of bikes like this. Ideal for commuting, touring or winter training, it’s versatile and looks very capable. You could take it anywhere. Stu will be doing just that as he gets to grips with the CGR, so stay tuned for his full review soon. 

Buyer’s guide to gravel and adventure bikes plus 16 of the best

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Gravel and adventure bikes is the fastest growing category in the cycling market, and while the UK doesn’t boast the same huge network of gravel roads as the US, the wide tyres and increased clearance, disc brakes, relaxed but sporty geometry and enhanced versatility are all traits that are appealing to many a British road cyclist, whether for commuting, touring, Audax or bikepacking. The biggest limitation with these bikes is mostly your imagination. 

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Other bikes to consider include the Giant Revolt (£799), Genesis Croix de Fer (£899) or the Specialized Diverge (from £650). 

More Ribble CGR details at

David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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gunswick | 7 years ago

GT Grade is another competitor to this for those who may not know

bendertherobot | 7 years ago

Yep, this one is equivalent to the £899 PX as it has hydro brakes. 

We're lucky enough to have a Ribble pop up in Cardiff, I went to see their range the other day and, I have to say, by keeping it relatively small, they've managed to get some great stuff out there and much of it is very attractive indeed. This bike, in particular, is a real stunner in the flesh.

kil0ran | 7 years ago
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I know its because its on skinny road rubber at the moment but bloody hell those guards are badly fitted.  Front way too short and will just baste the bottom bracket and your feet with mud, gravel, etc.

drosco | 7 years ago

Seems a lot of money considering you can pick up an extreme similar Planet X London Road with Apex 1 for £699.  

fukawitribe replied to drosco | 7 years ago
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drosco wrote:

Seems a lot of money considering you can pick up an extreme similar Planet X London Road with Apex 1 for £699.  

Normal London Road with Apex 1 is £ 899 - is this for the 'build your own' option ? (like the idea of that..)

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