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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.
Expert Reviews83/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
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.