Ribble's new step-through gravel bike has a dose of the Frankensteins – but has us asking, 'Why not?'

This new bike from Ribble might not be the traditional Cycling Weekly reader's cup of tea – but we had a lot of fun on it

Ribble has launched a new collection of hop on-hop off electric bikes, including what it calls an "electric, step-through gravel bike" that features a Dutch-style sloping top tube alongside Schwalbe G-One tyres, a Mahle motor and what I can only describe as a dose of the Frankensteins.

When Cycling Weekly's machine arrived for test, my immediate reaction was to raise an eyebrow (well, both, to be honest) and ask, "Why??" But after a 90-minute lunchtime smash fest which left me grinning from ear to ear, I suppose the answer is, "Why not?!"

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.