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The new Ribble Gravel AL e
Ribble cycles have launched a new electric gravel bike to complement their very successful CGR AL e – the new Ribble Gravel AL e uses re-designed frame and benefits from some exciting additional specification changes.
If the CGR AL e was aimed at the everyday rider who wanted the best of both worlds when it came to on and off-road riding, the new Ribble Gravel AL e is definitely more specifically aimed at the rider who is going to be spending a large portion of their riding off-the-beaten-track.
What Ribble have done is tweaked the geometry of their very capable gravel-specific e-bike frameset, added a really cool ‘matte sage green’ colour scheme and choice of excellent Shimano GRX gravel components. The new bike is finished off with a bikepacking-friendly carbon fork complete with additional mounting points for luggage and a tough 650b wheelset shod in trail-friendly WTB 650x47c tyres.
The Gravel AL e has been designed with a gravel optimised long and low geometry with an oversized headtube, a short stem and flared bars to provide greater confidence and a more planted feel over varied technical terrain.
Ribble Gravel AL e model range
There are four different build options listed below starting at a very reasonable £2699 going all the way up to £4099 – the GRX Di2 version looks great. All of the models listed below have an alloy frame with 650b gravel-specific wheelset. As with all Ribble bikes there is the option of further customising the paint scheme and components to suit your particular needs and taste.
- Shimano GRX RX400 2×10 Speed
- Shimano GRX RX600 1×11 Speed
- Shimano GRX RX810 1×11 Speed
- Shimano GRX Di2 RX815 1×11 Speed
At the heart of the new Gravel AL e is the latest version of the excellent Mahle Ebikemotion electric motor and battery. This latest x35+ system offers some improvements over the older version, including an improved pedal assist algorithm which will improve the general feel and efficiency of the motor. The battery remains the same as before, using the very latest Panasonic lithium cells and hidden away in the downtube.
Shimano GRX – Gravel-specific components
It’s really great to see Shimano’s excellent GRX groupset on this latest range of e-bikes. I have ridden gravel bikes using these components and in my opinion everything about GRX is perfection! From the ergonomics of the shifter through to the
I will try and get hold of one for a full review, but first impressions are very nice indeed! The gravel e-bike market has exploded this last year and all the major manufacturers now offer an electric counterpart of their regular gravel bikes.
The new Gravel AL e not only looks great but has the credentials to back it up. I can see this being a very popular addition to the Ribble e-bike range. I’ve always been a big fan of the CGR AL e and this model looks to be a further improvement on a bike that was already pretty damn good!
It’s great to see a British bike brand embrace this new technology and continuously evolve and develop popular models.
Watch this space for a full review.
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