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Ribble launches a pair of ridiculously light e-bikes

28 Apr 2021
Verdict:

A pair of e-road bikes that are among the lightest in the world, with the carbon model weighing just 10.5kg

Price: 
From £2,699

Ribble has launched a pair of new e-road bikes that can only be described as flipping light: the carbon Endurance SL e Hero and the aluminium Endurance AL e.

Electric bikes have seemingly been progressing rapidly over the last few years, whether you're looking at folding bikes, city bikes or hire bikes. The road bike market, however, has proven the hardest to make inroads into.

That's down to the fact that road bikes tend to be ridden purely for fitness (and fun) and as such are intrinsically light machines. As a result, e-road bikes have typically only found favour with those who enjoy cycling but physically need a helping hand at certain times.

However the lighter e-road bikes get, the wider their customer base becomes.

 

Light, light baby

With that in mind, let's not beat around the bush: weight is the main talking point when it comes to Ribble's new offerings. You get more than a hint that these bikes are light just by looking at them – they certainly don't have the tell-tale bulk that gives the motorised game away on so many rival e-bikes. And that hint is borne out when you put them on the scales: the Endurance SL e Hero weighs in at a very tidy 10.5kg and the Endurance AL e comes in at 13kg.

To achieve this low weight, both bikes make use of a fully integrated Mahle EBM X35 power system which claims to be faster, more efficient and – most importantly – lighter than its predecessors and is controlled via a button on the top tube.

 

On the carbon monocoque SL e Hero you get a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Disc groupset as well as Level Superlight EBM carbon wheels and Level 5 carbon integrated handlebar system.

Buy the Ribble Endurance AL e now  
Buy the Ribble Endurance SL e Hero now

Meanwhile, the AL e, built with 6061 T6 aluminium, comes with a Shimano 105 groupset by default – though you can upgrade that to Ultegra via Ribble's BikeBuilder function – alongside a Mavic Ksyrium S 25 wheelset, the ergonomic Level 2 handlebar system and a carbon seatpost.

But at what cost?

At the base level, the Ribble Endurance AL e will set you back £2,699 and the Ribble Endurance SL e Hero without the bells and whistles (but with the bell) will cost £6,999.

Thanks to Ribble's fluid buying system, however, both bikes can be extensively tailored using its BikeBuilder to customise certain aspects to your liking. As you'd expect, this may bump up the price, and not everything is available to change. One addition we do like the sound of is adding an oversized pulley wheel system to the SL e Hero for an extra £120.

For more information visit ribblecycles.co.uk

Buy the Ribble Endurance AL e now  
Buy the Ribble Endurance SL e Hero now

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