SRAM Force eTap AXS Wide Gravel Bike Drivetrain Project: Part Two – The Frame

In Part One, we introduced the drivetrain for this project, SRAM Force eTap AXS WIDE.

“It can be the steep kicker near the summit of a long climb. Or a multi-hour ride on roads and trails that push you way out of your comfort zone. Sometimes you want a lower gear. Because having more range can be the key to thriving as the road points upward, SRAM Force eTap AXS now includes wider gearing options: a 10-36 cassette and 43/30 crankset.” – SRAM

ribble cycles cgr sl review

For Part Two, it’s time to unveil the frame and fork at the heart of this project / long-term review, the Ribble Cycles CGR SL!

You can check out Ribble’s complete range at

ribble cycles cgr sl review

Ribble Cycles History

“The Ribble story starts in 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’. This safety bicycle forms the template for the design of every bike that we ride today. It was amidst this time of the industrial revolution that an enterprising gentleman with a passion for cycling and all things bikes set up shop in small premises on Water Lane, Preston. From here he began the fabrication of steel bicycle frames.”

ribble cycles cgr sl review

“Drawing inspiration from the river which flowed outside the new premises, the choice of the name ‘Ribble’ was an obvious one. Flowing through some of the best cycling country in the UK, the River Ribble weaves its way through areas of outstanding natural beauty including the Ribble Valley and Trough Of Bowland, before reaching the sea within view of Water Lane.”

ribble cycles cgr sl review

Read the rest of the Ribble Cycles story at this link –

ribble cycles cgr sl review
English thread (BSA) bottom bracket!

Ribble Cycles CGR SL Frame & Fork

“The all-new 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.”

  • Frame – Toray T800/1000 Fully Moncoque Carbon
  • Fork – Full Carbon fibre fork with tapered steerer
  • Headset – 1.5″ top and bottom – Included
  • Front derailleur – Braze-on
  • Bottom Bracket – BSA 68mm (not included)
  • Seatpost – CGR SL Carbon (included)
  • Seatclamp – Integrated
  • Carbon Steerer Bung – Included
  • Mudguard compatible, (optional removable bridge required)
  • Sizes – XS, S, M, L, XL
  • Frame weight – 1150g, Forks 450g +/-5g


Part Three, the Build, is coming soon.

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  1. Avatar GCWANNABEE

    Bloody hell JOM. Looks like a bike exploded in your garage.

  2. Avatar gSproco

    I cant wait for this review.. Youtube really needs a good review of the Ribble CGR SL!!

  3. Avatar Andrew M

    How do you think the Ribble CGR geometry would compare to the Lynskey Pro GR?

    As you know from exchanged e-mails, I’m in a dilemma regarding a new bike, and there’s virtually no stock anywhere in Australia. 99 Spokes shows the geometry of the Lynskey to be pretty similar to the Ribble, Specialized Diverge, and a few others, and I’m somewhat drawn to the idea of a Ti bike.

    Is the ride quality of Ti worth the extra spend? I think I’d go all out and get Di2 or AXS too… Welcome your thoughts…

    Cheers, Andrew

    • JOM JOM

      Andrew, you need to figure out your bike choice yourself. I have said this before, I review bikes, I generally do not compare or provide advice about what you should buy. Thank you.

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