Ribble CGR AL 105 review

Ribble's long standing all-road platform has had a personality transplant

Ribble CGR AL
Cycling Weekly Verdict

This latest version of the Ribble CGR AL takes the platform one step closer to being the one bike for all occasions. The redesigned frame is not only lighter and better looking than it's predecessor, it has a much more engaging personality both on and off-road. It's has a robust build quality that leads to maximum confidence when off-road or fully laden, without feeling dull and lifeless.

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Ribble's do-it-all CGR has had a massive revamp for 2019 and whilst it still retains a broad appeal thanks to that 'versatile' buzzword it has has been refined into a much tighter package. One that aims to move it away from a bike that, although offered dependability, produced a rather uninspiring ride experience. This new CGR (standing for Cross, Gravel and Road), Ribble assures us, has a ride quality to match the famed durability.

Available in a several basic build levels as well as now available in two colour options, the CGR also benefits from Ribble's online Bike Builder program that allows you to customise and tweak the spec and component measurements to create the perfect CGR for your riding.

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James Bracey

James Bracey's career has seen him move from geography teacher, to MBR writer, to Cycling Weekly's senior tech writer and video presenter. He possesses an in-depth knowledge of bicycle mechanics, as well as bike fit and coaching qualifications. Bracey enjoys all manner of cycling, from road to gravel and mountain biking.