Ribble Cycles CGR SL Carbon Gravel Bike Review: With SRAM Force eTap WIDE

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Ribble Cycles CGR SL in the Wild with Berd GVX 22 Wheels

“Ribble Cycles is one of the oldest brands in cycling and has been leading the evolution of the industry since 1897. During these latter stages of the nineteenth-century bicycles had evolved from the plaything of wealthy young men into a serious mode of transport. The large and ungainly Penny-Farthings had given way to the ‘safety bicycle’.” – Ribble Cycles

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A lot has changed since those early days. Ownership of Ribble has changed several times, the company has expanded to become one of the world’s largest mail-order retailers, and now, looks to establish itself as the number one British premium bike brand and a global player through world-class product.

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Ribble’s CGR Gravel Bike Framesets

“Versatility is at the core of the CGR range, these gravel bike framesets can easily keep pace on the road or provide a faster and smoother ride for the off-road adventure. Road, gravel, or mud, with off-road optimised geometry and generous tyre clearance these gravel frames are the choice for a versatile all-terrain, allrounder.”

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Internalized cabling on the CGR SL’s Fork

Ribble CGR SL Frameset

“The Ribble CGR SL is the ultimate in lightweight, high performance, rugged, versatility. The CGR SL range can take you anywhere from the highest mountain passes, distant trails, or your most imaginative daily commute.”

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This review is a collaboration with Ribble Cycles, SRAM (Force eTap Wide Drivetrain) and Zipp (303 S Wheels), with bonus wheel action courtesy of the Berd Spokes GVX 22 wheelset. A huge thank you to all of these companies.

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Distinctive rear stays of the CGR SL

In this video review, JOM of the Gravel Cyclist crew runs the CGR SL through its paces in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and more. This is not a parking lot or local gravel path bike review!

Ribble Cycles CGR SL Review Video

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More CGR SL Tech

  • Frame: Toray T800/1000 full carbon fibre monocoque.
  • Colour: Blue with sky blue & white accents.
  • Fork: Full carbon fibre monocoque, tapered steerer.
  • Headset: 1.5″ top & bottom
  • Brake Fitment: Flat mount.
  • Cable Routing: Internal.
  • Front Derailleur Mount: Braze-on.
  • Bottom Bracket: Threaded BSA 68mm.
  • Seatpost: Ribble SL Carbon, 5mm offset.
  • Seatclamp: Integrated wedge system.
  • Mudguard compatible: Removable bridge required (available separately).
  • Tyre Clearance: 45mm on 700c wheels, 47mm on 650b.
  • Thr-Axles: 100/122/M12*P1.5 Front – 142/173/M12*P1.5 Rear.
  • Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL.
  • Raw Frame weight: 1150g, Forks 450g +/-5g.
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Panaracer 700c x 38mm Tyre Pictured

Frameset includes:

  • Frame & Fork
  • Headset
  • Carbon Seatpost
  • Wedge Seat Clamp
  • Carbon Fork Expander
  • Thru-Axles
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SRAM Force eTap Wide + Zipp Handlebars
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Flat-Mounted Brakes at Front & Rear

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1 Comment

  1. Nice to finally see the full review of the bike. I have this beast of a frame in a custom colour and I used Ribble’s awesome configurator to get myself the GRX Di2 drivetrain. I am usually a more relaxed cyclist but with this bike I can keep pace with my roadie friends while being flexible to go off road. I have 650b wheels on the thing and although I am not a super experienced rider, so far the wheels and the bike have been really plush even when going about some rough stuff. I can highly recommend this bike and I am happy to see more information about it online. So far it is a little bit tough to find reviews of the bike. I am planning to provide my point of view on my blog in the future as well. Thanks for making more information on this frame set available!

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