Ribble 725 Gravel Pro review - fun to ride and value for money but not without issues

Built using Reynolds 725 steel tubing, Ribble's latest gravel offering is both comfortable and adaptable

Image shows Ribble Gravel 725 Pro gravel bike
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The 725 Gravel Pro combines value for money with an enjoyable ride that's made possible thanks to the quality frame material, progressive geometry and 650b wheel size. However, the finish on the frame does present a worry, displaying a tendency to chip. Another slight concern is just who this bike is designed for. A gravel bike like this is great, but I can't help but think a lot of riders would notice the weight saving of a good alloy frame over the ride quality of steel, which makes the price that little bit more tricky to justify. Equally, many die-hard steel fans may end up opting for more bespoke framesets and custom build options. That said, for the open minded adventurer the Ribble Gravel 725 Pro is still more than worthy of a place on your new gravel bike shortlist.

Reasons to buy
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    Great fun to ride

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    Comfortable ride quality

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    Strong spec for the price point

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Reasons to avoid
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    Not the lightest - 10.6kg

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    Paint/frame finish isn't the most durable

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The latest addition to Ribble’s myriad of off-road machines is the all new Gravel 725 range. All three models - Pro (which is reviewed here), Enthusiast and Sport - boast triple butted 725 Reynolds tubing, progressive geometry and a multitude of mounting points for adventure needs - the latter two features found on many of the best gravel bikes.

Arguably Ribble's most capable off-road drop-bar rig, the 725 has continued to impress me since my first ride review just a few weeks ago. But it has not been a totally jovial relationship, with an icy cold snap getting the better of me on one occasion - more on that later. One thing is for sure though the changeable weather over the last few weeks has allowed me to really delve deep into the 725's true character. 

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Joe Baker
Tech Writer

Joe is Cycling Weekly's tech writer. He's always had a love for bikes, since first riding a two wheeled steed before the age of four. Years down the line, Joe began racing at 16, and enjoyed great experiences internationally, racing in Italy, Spain and Belgium to name a few locations. Always interested in tech, Joe even piloted his Frankenstein hill climb bike to a Junior National Title in 2018.  After taking a step back from elite level racing in April 2022, Joe joined our team as a freelancer, before becoming Tech Writer in May 2023.