Ribble CGR AL

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21.60, 22.0, 23.15, 23.37 lb
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Ribble CGR AL. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

13 reasons to buy

  • The Ribble CGR AL is constructed out of durable, seamlessly welded aluminum.
  • The carbon fork dampens vibrations felt over rough roads.
  • Internally routed cables give the bike a clean and tidy appearance.
  • The threaded bottom bracket is easier to maintain than a press-fit bottom bracket.
  • WTB and Prologo saddle options are comfortable, according to experts.
  • Ribble offers the bike in sizes XS to XL, allowing a wide range of riders to use it for their adventures.
  • The CGR AL comes with or can be fitted with either 700c or 650b tires and wheels.
  • The bike is available with a 1x or 2x groupset. One tester found that the 1x setup was less likely than a 2x to collect mud and muck on a wet cyclocross course.
  • The CGR AL can keep up on road rides. Experts suggest using a 700c wheelset on the bike if this is your primary activity on it.
  • The price is affordable for such a versatile machine.
  • The ability to run 47mm tires smooths out one's ride over gravel roads with a 650b setup.
  • The geometry of the bike places riders in a comfortable riding position that gives them confidence riding on roads, gravel and cyclocross courses.
  • The bars are slightly flared. This gives riders control riding off-pavement terrain and provides riders with multiple places to comfortably rest their hands.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The tires do not perform well in wet and muddy conditions. Grippier tires may be necessary for regular trips through this type of terrain.
  • The aluminum frame is not as subtle or light as versions of the CGR constructed of carbon or titanium.
  • Testers found the bike twitchy maneuvering on singletrack terrain.
  • Even with a carbon saddle, one tester found there was road buzz transmitted through the saddle from the aluminum frame.

Bottom line

The CGR AL is the aluminum version of Ribble's versatile road and gravel bike. It does well on roads but is capable of taking on gravel and dirt terrain. Wide 700c and 650b tires and wheels can be used on the bike. It can be used to race cyclocross on the weekends and as your commuter bike during the week. There are mounts for mudguards. The bike does best on pavement. Swapping the tires out for ones with greater grip would enhance the bike's capabilities on wet and muddy segments.

Expert Reviews

83/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews

Ribble CGR AL Shimano 105 Review

Ribble’s CGR AL Shimano 105 is a hugely versatile and superb value bike for everything from gravel bashing to cyclocross and road commuting.

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Cycling Weekly

Ribble CGR AL 105

This latest version of the Ribble CGR AL takes the platform one step closer to being the one bike for all occasions.

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Ribble CGR AL Review

This is a horse for many courses, and while perhaps not the best at any one, it’s an honest and very likeable trier.

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Mike Jenic Cycling

Ribble CGR AL – 3 Month Review – The Good | The Bad | The Upgrades

I really love the disc brakes.

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Ribble CGR AL Review: Sturdy Mule With a Surprising Turn of Pace

The Ribble CGR AL is a member of Ribble’s wider CGR (cross, gravel and road) family. Designed to excel across a variety of terrains with ultimate versatility, the CGR range now includes bikes in all four popular bike frame materials: alloy, titanium, carbon and steel.

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User Ratings

85/100 based on 69 ratings
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