Ribble Gravel: new three-material, four-model range launches

Ribble's new range, simply called 'Gravel' offers a choice of carbon, titanium and aluminium and includes an e-bike

Ribble Gravel SL

Ribble has launched a new gravel range that the Preston brand says is "designed for riders looking to conquer off-road terrain." There are four base models, including an e-bike, and three materials: titanium, carbon and aluminium.

The Gravel Ti is, Ribble says, exquisitely handcrafted with a triple-butted, custom profiled 3AL/2.5V titanium frame. Meanwhile the Gravel SL uses a lightweight carbon monocoque with aero profiles, and the Gravel AL is built from 6061T6 heat-treated aluminium – also the material used for the Gravel AL e. Ribble describes the latter as a lightweight electric gravel bike that looks, rides, and feels just like a traditional off-road bike, except it gets 250Wh of extra power from the hub-mounted Mahle EBM X35+ motor, as used in the brand’s lightweight Endurance SL e that was included in our Editor’s Choice list last year.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.