Ribble Gravel SL Pro review - more for ultra-riding than a snappy racer

A curious combination of an aggressive riding position paired with bikepacking practicality

Ribble Gravel SL Pro gravel bike on a blue background
(Image credit: Future)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Ribble Gravel SL Pro is an interesting elision between a nose-to-the-stem gravel racer and a rugged bikepacking adventure rig. If you like riding fast, are most comfortable in a long and low position - but still interested in keeping your options open for multi-day trips and other luggage-laden riding - then this could be a model for you. The components you get for the price make this an excellent value option - and even better considering you can customize the components at the point of purchase. Still, as a jack of all trades, it doesn’t master any particular one.

Reasons to buy
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    Excellent value

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    Low weight

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    Aggressive front end for hard and fast riding

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    Huge range of mounting points

Reasons to avoid
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    Handling not as snappy as other gravel race bikes

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    Riding position too aggressive for more relaxed riding and touring

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The simplicity of the Gravel SL Pro’s name belies the true expanse of Ribble’s drop-bar mixed-terrain range. Two platforms with very different geometries are offered - and each of those is available in no fewer than four different frame materials, with each model being subtly different itself.

The ‘Gravel’ I tested here is the burlier and more rugged platform, prioritizing stability and the ability to tackle gnarlier terrain. The other platform is the CGR - which stands for Cyclocross, Gravel, Road - and was one of the progenitors for what are now known as ‘all-road’ bikes.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg