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Jon Woodhouse

Jon was previously the editor here at off.road.cc. Whether it's big days out on the gravel bike or hurtling down technical singletracks, if it's got two wheels and can be ridden on dirt, then he's into it. He's previously been technical editor at BikeRadar.com, editor at What Mountain Bike Magazine and also web editor at Singletrackworld.co.uk. Yes, he's been around the houses.

7 comments

11 months 1 week ago

Or are you just salesmen?

11 months 1 week ago

Dont you care about the truth?

11 months 1 week ago

whky didnt you post.my review?

11 months 2 weeks ago

Its NOT a lovely frame. Ribble cut corners in the wrong places. I bought a CGR 725 gravel bike in July 2019. I liked it to begin with, but after a few months it fell over when leaning against a wall and unfortunately the derailleur bashed on the pavement. At worst case I would have expected this to damage the deraillerur, or better to break a replaceable hanger. But there is no replaceable or separately-welded hangar. So the frame bent. Local bike shop straightened it for me, but commented that it was "like butter". I have now had it straightened 3 times in a year. I took it to a certified Reynolds frame builder, who said it could not be repaired or strengthened, and that essentially it was a bad design - Ribble cutting corners where corners should not be cut. So I need a new frame. I asked Ribble about warranty, but they pointed out that bike falling over is not normal use. Cheapskates in my opinion, and I will definitely not be buying anything from them again. Suggest you don't either.

11 months 2 weeks ago

It's not a lovely frame. Ribble cut corners in the wrong places. I bought a CGR 725 gravel bike in July 2019. I liked it to begin with, but after a few months it fell over when leaning against a wall and unfortunately the derailleur bashed on the pavement. OK, I my fault, but its something that happens to all bikes from time to time. At worst case I would have expected this to damage the deraillerur, or better to break a replaceable hanger. But there is no replaceable or separately-welded hangar. So the frame bent. Local bike shop straightened it for me, but commented that it bent back "like butter". I have now had it straightened 3 times in a year. I took it to a certified Reynolds frame builder, who said it could not be repaired or strengthened, and that essentially it was a bad design - Ribble cutting corners where corners should not be cut. So I need a new frame. I asked Ribble about warranty, but they pointed out that bike falling over is not normal use. Cheapskates in my opinion, and I will definitely not be buying anything from them again. Suggest you don't either.

1 year 3 months ago

Rob is quite right, this is a lovely frame.  Mine combines the convenience of internal cabling, the quiet comfort of steel and more mounts than you can shake a stick at.

And he's correct about sizing too.  I've been a 'medium' in frames for fifty years but Ribble's guide said 'small'.  And it fits perfectly.

Having said all that, I think £800 + delivery for a simple steel frame is pushing the envelope a bit.  If it was two hundred cheaper they would sell a lot more.

1 year 3 months ago

I bought this last year, only differences are standard handlebars (which have a nice flattened top shape) and 700c wheels as it does a bit more on road commuting, although I'm planning on a set of 650b wheels with slightly more off road suitable tyres on to swap out for a bit more off road action. It's a lovely riding frame, comfy but still has a bit of spring in it's step when you want it to have. Just watch the sizing, I got to try one out at bluewater so opted for a large, based on my height etc I'd technically be an XL, but these seem to come up quite big, I'd probably have a good chance of making a medium fit well if I wanted a racier fit.

I still have a dedicated road bike, but for everything else (I haven't gotten into the whole mountain bike side of things) this does the job brilliantly. And the colour is pretty awesome in real life too.

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