Ribble CX

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16.98, 17.79, 20.94, 22.05 lb
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Summary of Reviews

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

15 reasons to buy

  • The Ribble CX’s clean lines and geometry make it aerodynamic and visually appealing.
  • This bike fits most riders, with sizes available for riders 5’2”- 6’4”.
  • This bike is versatile, with cockpit adjustments and tire swaps, the Ribble CX can be a cross, commuter, gravel, and road bike.
  • The Ribble CX is lightweight and can be carried over obstacles with ease.
  • Experts agree that aerodynamics were enhanced with the integrated cockpit and internal cabling of the Ribble XC.
  • The standard alloy Level stem, seat post, and handlebars provide sufficient comfort, according to experts. Upgrading to carbon componentry can make the Ribble CX more supple.
  • There are numerous build options available in all three models of the Ribble CX, with Ribble’s Bikebuilder.
  • High speeds are easy to achieve off road with this bike.
  • The low gear range of the bike makes the Ribble CX easy to pedal.
  • The bike has options for 1x or 2x drive train set ups.
  • Depending on the Ribble CX build you choose, the bike comes with a Mavic Aksium Disc Wheelset or Level 40DB tubular carbon wheels.
  • The Ribble CX builds come standard with Challenge Grifo or Challenge Baby Limus tires, both great for off road riding.
  • The Ribble CX has 35mm-40mm of clearance, preventing it from becoming easily clogged with mud.
  • Experts and users are impressed by the threaded, oversized bottom bracket. The bottom bracket is easy to maintain and assists in powering downhills.
  • The Ribble XC has the capability of carrying up to two water bottles.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The bike may be too racy and aggressive for some.
  • Mud can set up in the small shelf behind the bottom bracket and flat-topped chain stay.
  • The tires that come with the Ribble CX bike are best suited for off road riding and cyclocross.

Bottom line

Experts and users agree, that with the correct adjustments and tire choice, the Ribble CX has a place for racing cyclocross, commuting, road biking, or gravel adventures. Experts state that all builds of the Ribble CX have aggressive racy geometry. It is fast and steady in muddy, gravely terrain. The standard Challenge tire options provide ideal traction for off road riding. User’s liked that this bike became a fast, commuting machine with nothing more than a tire swap. If you are looking for a bike to race cyclocross with and ride road or gravel with, the Ribble CX is surely a good choice.

Expert Reviews

75/100 based on 2 rated expert reviews

Ribble CX5

Great value cyclo-cross racer that is capable of doubling up as a commuter, but it’s an aggressive ride.

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Ribble CX SL Pro Review

The Ribble CX Pro ticks almost every box a serious ‘crosser demands.

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User Ratings

96/100 based on 33 ratings
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