Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Ribble CGR AL e. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
20 reasons to buy
- The Ribble CGR AL e is priced affordably for a versatile drop-bar e-bike with pedal assist.
- The bike comes almost ready to ride. All one has to do is tighten a few parts, charge the battery and they are ready to ride.
- The SRAM hydraulic disc brakes are responsive and stop on demand.
- The bike has a durable aluminum frame.
- The carbon fork minimizes vibrations over rough terrain.
- The CGR AL e is light compared to other electric bicycles.
- The 250W motor has 40Nm of torque. This allows riders to accelerate on flats and maintain speed on climbs.
- The pedal assist is discrete. It's operated by a button on the top tube.
- On the Sram Apex 1x 650B model, the 650b tires are wide and cushion one's ride more than 700c tires would. There is clearance for tires up to 47mm wide.
- The battery is quick to charge. It takes about three hours.
- Battery life is easy to monitor. It's indicated by a colored light on the top tube.
- The battery is hidden inside the downtube. Looking at the bike, you cannot easily tell it has a battery.
- A range extender can be purchased to double the battery life and allow riders to journey further.
- Experts agree the CGR AL e can serve as a training tool to maximize your heart rate training and recovery days.
- The ebikemotion app allows riders to map and track various aspects of their ride.
- Ebikemotion can be set up to remind riders when to eat or drink as they ride.
- There is a heart rate mode one can use with the ebikemotion app. This requires riders to reach a specific heart rate before the pedal assist activates.
- The WTB Byway tires roll smoothly on most pavement, dirt and gravel roads.
- There are mounts for mudguards to help keep riders dry on wet days.
- There is a routing option for a dropper post.
3 reasons not to buy
- The WTB Byway tires do not perform the best in muddy or wet conditions.
- The drop bars are not flared. Flared drop bars allow for better control off-road, according to one expert.
- If there are issues with bearings in the motor, the bike needs to be sent to the UK, if it is to be repaired by authorized technicians.
Expert Reviews89/100 based on 3 expert reviews
Ribble CGR AL e (SRAM Apex 1x 650b) Review
The Ribble CGR AL e is a cracking bike for the money. Comfortable, stable and capable over very rough ground or while effortlessly eating up road miles, it adds intuitive, discreet electric assist to a fundamentally great chassis.
Ribble CGR AL e Review: Well-Specced Ebike That’s Not Afraid To Get Dirty
With 650B wheels, a SRAM 1X set-up and hydraulic disc brakes, the CGR is billed as a go-anywhere bike that’s equally capable on road or off. This eBike version has the benefit of a power assist motor to see you through when your legs need a boost.