Ribble unveils whole new gravel platform - Four new gravel bikes in three materials for 2021
Today, Ribble has announced the all-new gravel platform. It builds on the success of the previous range but offers four key category models made using three different frame materials. The aim of this new platform is to provide better off-road performance with more choice.
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The new Gravel line-up features four new bikes with each of them getting a specific frame material. The Gravel Ti (you've guessed it!) gets a titanium frame, the Gravel SL is built around a more aero carbon monocoque frame and the Gravel AL. That one's frame is custom formed 6061-T6 heat treated aluminium.
Then, of course, there's the Gravel AL e which is built around the same frame as the AL model but it gets a MAHLE EBM X35+ motor, enabling riders to explore further and wrench up tougher climbs with ease.
Each bike in the range has had every detail considered, from their tube profiles or added stiffness at certain spots along with a geometry that's been specifically tailored for control and handling over rugged terrain.
Handily, each frame gets the exact same geometry figures and sees a touch of the long and low treatment. Taking a size Large for example, it comes with a 73.3° seat tube angle, a 72° head tube angle, a 406mm reach and a 440mm chainstay is seen across the size range.
The range also sees in flared handlebars and oversized headtubes to offer a more planted ride and more confidence over off-road terrain, says Ribble.
On the new bikes, you'll find features such as internal cable routing, multiple luggage mounting points, and a handful of bottle mounts, along with clearance for up to 650bx47mm or 700cx45mm tyres.
Moving onto the Gravel AM e, it's assisted by that MAHLE Ebikemotion X35+ hub motor paired with a Panasonic 250Wh battery that's neatly hidden in the downtube. The due is promised to offer up to 250W of assistance at the press of a button.
Ribble says that the assistance feels just as natural as an acoustic gravel bike but it'll take you further, or get you up that super tough climb.
Every bike in the range comes with a number of builds with the base level Sport models getting Shimano GRX 400 or 600 drivetrains with GRX Flat Mount brakes, LEVEL Gravel Alloy 650b wheelsets and WTB Sendero TCS Light/Fast 47mm tyres.
Then topping the ranges, the Pro models (apart from the AL and AL e) get Shimano Di2 1x11 speed shifting and LEVEL DB Sport Carbon 650b wheelsets. This kit can be found on the Gravel AL e Hero model.
Another neat spec feature is that the Gravel SL and Gravel TI bikes offer Campagnolo Ekar 13 Speed as one of the recommended builds.
Of course, in true Ribble fashion, you can tweak the spec and colour ways using Ribble's BikeBuilder.
Each bike is available in six sizes from XXS up to XL.
Prices for Ribble's new Gravel range start at £1,600 for the Gravel AL Sport and go right up to £4,200 for the Gravel Ti Pro. Prices for the Gravel AL e begin at £2,700 and top out at £4,100.