Ribble’s CGR is now titanium, still as versatile as ever

Three build options, three totally different bikes

We’ve just got a hold of this Ribble CGR (cross, gravel, road), the UK-based consumer-direct brand’s all-new and rather handsome titanium adventure bike.

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Ribble CGR Ti Ultegra Di2 spec highlights

The bike cuts a handsome silhouette
The bike cuts a handsome silhouette
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  • Frame: 3AL/2.4V, threaded bottom bracket, Di2 mechanical compatible, 12mm thru-axle
  • Fork: Custom carbon monocoque, tapered, 12mm thru-axle
  • Groupset: Shimano Ultegra Di2 R8050
  • Wheels: Zipp 302 clincher disc
  • Tyres: 40mm Schwalbe G-One, tan wall
  • Bars: Zipp Service Course SL
  • Stem: Zipp Service Course SL
  • Seatpost: Zipp Service Course
  • Saddle: Fabric Scoop Ti
  • £3,999, international shipping available

An easy to live with titanium adventure wagon

The CGR is a longstanding name in the Ribble lineup, but has been reimagined in everybody’s forever-bike wonder material, titanium.

The 1.72kg frame (claimed, size unspecified) is constructed from triple-butted, 3AL/2.4V titanium tubing that is finished with a very lovely brushed finish. The frame comes with a five-year warranty. This is matched with a 480g (claimed) custom carbon monocoque fork.

The bike is compatible with both mechanical and electronic groupsets
The bike is compatible with both mechanical and electronic groupsets
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The internally-routed frameset is compatible with both electronic and mechanical groupsets. Should you want to forgo a front mech and go 1x, the frame uses a band-on front derailleur mount, keeping things nice and clean.

The bike has mounts for both mudguards and racks
The bike has mounts for both mudguards and racks
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The frameset is also touring-friendly, with rear pannier mounts, which are rated for up to 20kg of luggage. The frame also has full mudguard mounts, with clearance for 42mm tyres with them fitted.

We reckon you could squeeze something a touch bigger in there
We reckon you could squeeze something a touch bigger in there
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Without guards the bike is compatible with tyres up to 45mm wide with 700c wheels or 48mm with 650b wheels, though as usual these figures are quite conservative and we reckon you’ll be able to squeeze something a bit chunkier in there.

Hooray for external seat clamps and 27.2mm seatposts
Hooray for external seat clamps and 27.2mm seatposts
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A regular tapered head tube
A regular tapered head tube
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The spec list of the frameset is pleasingly inoffensive — with a 27.2mm seatpost, threaded bottom bracket, regular tapered headset and 12mm thru-axles, there are no nasty surprises waiting on this easy to live with frameset.

The bike is finished with Zipp Service Course finishing kit
The bike is finished with Zipp Service Course finishing kit
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The range starts at £1,999 for a 105-equipped bike, rising to £3,999 for the Ultegra Di2 build pictured. The pictured size small bike weighs in at 9.1kg.

For the SRAM fans, there’s also a Rival 1x build at £2,699.

The bike is also available through Ribble’s BikeBuilder program, which allows you to swap select components to tailor the bike to your tastes.

For the true fettlers in this world who are after something totally bespoke, a frameset is also available at £1,499.

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