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Ribble CGR Al e: Cyclist Off-Road's best e-gravel bikes

5 Aug 2020

With so much innovation in bikes, it can sometimes feel like cycling is leaving behind its core values. Yet the arrival of e-bikes offers us a chance to reboot, a reminder of the sheer enjoyment of being outdoors and exploring on two wheels. In this series we focus on some of the most prominent e-gravel bikes on the market

The CGR AL e is Ribble’s latest addition to its growing e-bike range. Speaking at the bike’s launch, Ribble CEO Andy Smallwood explained that expanding the brand’s e-bike line gives more people the opportunity to experience everything cycling can offer with the added benefits of electric assistance.

The premise of the CGR AL e appears to back up Smallwood’s sentiments perfectly. Ribble says this bike has a go-anywhere, do-anything ethos that’s just as at home on tarmac as it is ripping down technical wooded trails.

The bike’s versatility is derived from a well-balanced geometry that suits 700c or 650b wheels equally well.

The handling is stable to promote confidence over rough ground, while a wide-stance fork and a dropped driveside chainstay create acres of tyre clearance – 50mm 650b tyres will slot in comfortably. Mudguard and rack mounts add further credence to the ready-for-anything appeal.

Like Ribble’s Endurance SLe e-road bike, this model uses ebikemotion’s rear hub-based X35 drive system. Despite delivering up to 250W of power and a range of 100km it’s a small, inconspicuous system that weighs just 3.7kg.

By employing it here the resulting frame is virtually indistinguishable from the non-electric CGR AL version that this bike is based on.

Through smart design Ribble has managed to all but totally conceal the battery, wires, charge port and motor control button – every tube profile on the frame looks normal and contemporary.

As we’ve come to expect from Ribble, the CGR AL e’s pricing is typically aggressive, which makes sure that whatever spec the customer opts for in the brand’s online bike builder they will be getting a lot for their money.

‘We want as many riders as possible to experience the benefits of riding a multi-terrain electric bike,’ says Smallwood. We feel exactly the same.

Ribble CGR AL e specs 

Model Ribble CGR AL e
Motor System ebikemotion X35
Groupset Sram Apex 1x
Wheels Mavic Aksium Elite Evo UST Disc EBM 700c
Finishing kit Level Flared Gravel 6061 alloy bars, Level 6061 alloy stem and seatpost, Prologo Kappa RS saddle, WTB Riddler 700x45mm tyres
Weight 13.6kg
Price from £2,299